Category Archives: Housing

The U.S. Housing Finance System Is Still Broken

In an Opinion column for Urban Land, former secretaries of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros and Mel Martinez say that America’s housing finance system is fundamentally broken and in desperate need of repair. The U.S. housing market is finally showing signs of recovery. In 2012, new home sales posted their first year-over-year increase since the market’s collapse. Single-family home starts are up 24 percent. And with home prices rising in 94 out of 100 key metropolitan areas, the national median home price has registered a … Read More

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The Future of Housing Demand Is Compact, Urban, and Transit-friendly

Demand will continue to rise for infill residential development that is less car-dependent, while consumers’ desire could wane for isolated development in outlying suburbs, according to a new ULI report released at the ULI Spring Meeting in San Diego. The report underscores the influence that growing demographic groups in the U.S. – in particular generation Y, African-Americans, and Latinos – will have on reshaping urban growth patterns by spurring more development of compact, mixed-use communities with reliable, convenient transit service. America in 2013,is based on a nationwide survey of 1,202 … Read More

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Future of Housing For California

A special point-counterpoint breakfast program drilled down on the issues related to the recent report published by ULI, “The New California Dream.” Speakers included: Moderator: • Lynn Jacobs, Former Director, California Housing & Community Development Department Presenters: • Arthur “Chris” Nelson – Director, Metropolitan Research Center, University of Utah • Peter Gordon – Professor, University of Southern California Respondents: • Taylor Mammen – Principal/Director of Consulting, Robert Charles Lesser Company • Erik Pfahler – President, CityWest Ventures • John Given –Principal, Development, CIM Group View the presentations · Nelson – … Read More

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