The Joint Center of Housing Studies (JCHS) at Harvard University recently released their 2017 State of the Nation’s Housing Study, and a recent blog from JCHS revealed some of the more surprising aspects of the study.
The first two revelations centered around the shortage of housing inventory currently available in both existing homes and new construction.
Regarding Existing Home Inventory:
“For the fourth year in a row, the inventory of homes for sale across the US not only failed to recover, but dropped yet again. At the end of 2016 there were historically low 1.65 million homes for sale nationwide, which at the current sales rate was just 3.6 months of supply – almost half of the 6.0 months level that is considered a balanced market.”
Regarding New Home Inventory:
“Markets nationwide are still feeling the effects of the deep and extended decline in housing construction. Over the past 10 years, just 9 million new housing units were completed and added to the housing stock. This was the lowest 10-year period on records dating back to the 1970s, and far below the 14 and 15 million units averaged over the 1980s and 1990s.”
We’re in crisis! Young people in the community are looking to form their independence – but there’s lack of houses to set sail for their lives. Urban environment hasn’t changed since WWII and single family houses are still the most valuable and sought after living arrangement. Until builders figure out how to modernize urban living environments – homeowners who are experiencing urban fatigue can capitalize on their home’s value and catch a break from fast-paced lifestyle. If you think you deserve a break from city life – let’s plan out your exit strategy, and make a smooth transition for your next stage in life.
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