Oregon bans single-family zoning in major cities



Oregon has enacted a new law that requires cities with a population of over 10,000 people to allow duplexes in neighborhoods that had previously been zoned for single-family homes only, making it the first U.S. state to do so. Single-family zoning means that only one home can be built on each lot, but the growing […]

Most consumers oppose housing density, study finds



Some cities have moved to alleviate housing shortages by increasing housing density, which means allowing more than one home to be built on a single lot. But while the method has proven to be effective, it’s not proving to be quite so popular with consumers. A new Redfin survey of 3,000 consumers who bought a […]

20,000 new homes built in flood-risk zones



As America’s coastal communities continue to build homes in flood-risk zones, a new analysis by Climate Central and Zillow shows that nearly 20,000 homes built in the past decade are at significant risk of chronic coastal flooding by 2050. And if greenhouse gas emissions go unchecked, more than 800,000 existing homes worth $451 billion will […]

The growing problem of community golf course closures



Homeowners living in so-called golfing communities are seeing the premium they paid disappearing as an increasing number of golf courses in the U.S. are closing down. According to the National Golf Foundation, almost 200 golf courses located in suburbs across the Sun Belt have shut down. The reason is that less and less people are […]

Vacant & abandoned homes are a big factor in the ‘housing crisis’, experts say



The U.S. is often said to be facing a “housing crisis”, with much of it centered on a shortage of available homes for sale. But a new report from the National League of Cities says that abandoned and vacant homes across the country are also a big part of the problem. In some parts of […]

US rents rise again for 9th successive month



U.S. rent values continued their growth streak, accelerating for the ninth-straight month, according to Zillow’s latest Real Estate Market Report. The median U.S. rent rose 3% on an annual basis to $1,483, with Las Vegas (up 10%), Phoenix (up 8.4%) and Orlando (up 7.4%) seeing the largest year-over-year growth. Rents are up year-over-year in 49 […]

Builders are stepping up to cater for first-time buyers



Home builders say they’re looking to cater more to first-time buyers on a budget, rather than move-up buyers usually tend to buy more expensive homes. The builders say they know the market is desperate for more entry-level homes, and that they’re determined to answer the call, even though challenges such as the high cost of […]

California threatens to fine cities that don’t build enough homes



The state of California is trying to address housing shortages with a new bill that gives it the power to fine cities that don’t build enough new homes. Cities in the state could face fines of up to $600,000 per month if they don’t meet building targets, lawmakers said. Under the bill, courts will be […]

More renters are relying on online reviews to help them choose a home



Consumers are increasingly relying on online reviews and rating websites when it comes to choosing a rental property, according to a new survey from Binary Fountain. The reputation management firm’s 2019 Renter Insight & Digital Engagement survey of more than 1,000 adults searching for a rental home, found that consumers are increasingly using online rating […]

HUD Says Maine Landlord Wouldn’t Allow Disabled Vet to have Assistance Animal



HUD recently charged a Maine landlord with housing discrimination for not allowing a disabled veteran to have an assistance animal in his apartment. According to HUD’s Charge of Discrimination (HUD Charge) against Roderick Apartments, LLC, Jo Roderick told the veteran that once she allowed a tenant to have an assistance animal, and other tenants wanted […]