Sluggish Construction Challenges the Housing Market

By Jann Swanson

Posted To: MND NewsWire

While there has been a lot of talk since the recovery took hold about the lack resiliency in the residential construction sector, the issue is now moving from an academic discussion to one on the verge of alarm. As Freddie Mac’s Economic and Housing Research Group writes in the company’s Insights blog, “The inadequate level of U.S. housing supply is a major challenge facing the housing market in 2018 and likely for years to come.” The Insights’ authors, Sam Khater, Chief, and Len Kiefer, Deputy Chief Economists, and Ajita Atreya and Venkataramana Yanamandra, both senior quantitative analysts, estimate the U.S. needed 370,000 more than the 1.25 million units that were added to the stock in 2017 to satisfy demand. In the forty years starting in 1968 to the start of the Great Recession in 2008…(read more)

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