Accessibility Limitations Stymie Homeownership

What do you most want in the design and layout of a house? Some might describe a spacious yard, or set a minimum number of bedrooms or bathrooms. Others might outline a certain style or flow, or possibly point to natural light and high ceilings as vital features. But how about the features that simply… Continue reading Accessibility Limitations Stymie Homeownership

No End in Sight for Fannie and Freddie Conservatorship

A former Freddie Mac CEO and current industry fellow at the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) says the prospect of reforming or freeing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—jointly known as GSEs, or government-sponsored enterprises—is essentially nonexistent at this point, with little hope of major progress anytime soon toward a goal that was once… Continue reading No End in Sight for Fannie and Freddie Conservatorship

JCHS: Racial Disparities Darken Pandemic Housing Market Rebound

Soaring home prices and buying activity serve as success stories of the U.S. economic rebound. However, inequalities that predate the COVID-19 pandemic are still challenges that need to be addressed, according to a recent report from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS). JCHS released its State of the Nation’s Housing 2021 report on… Continue reading JCHS: Racial Disparities Darken Pandemic Housing Market Rebound

Growing Pains: Meeting the Housing Needs of an Exploding Older Population

Happy senior couple bonding to each other and smiling while woman holding keys in her hand

There’s no stopping it: the population is aging. In less than 20 years, in fact, one in three households will be headed by someone aged 65 or older, according to a recent report by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies—a finding that emphasizes the already-dire need for accessible, affordable housing. Even more stirring, according… Continue reading Growing Pains: Meeting the Housing Needs of an Exploding Older Population