Experts call for relaxed zoning rules to create more housing stock

A panel of housing industry experts surveyed by Zillow say that a relaxation of zoning rules would be the most effective way of increasing inventory in the housing market. Housing inventory is currently at historic lows, and the same panel of experts believes that under current conditions builders will be unlikely to mitigate the problem.

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Portland becomes the latest city to scrap single-family zoning

More cities are overhauling their existing zoning laws in order to free up space for affordable housing. The latest city to do so is Portland, Oregon. Its City Council this week approved a wide-ranging rezoning ordinance that enables garden apartments and triplexes to be built beside existing single-family homes. The new policy is known as

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What Buyers Should (But Don’t) Look for in a Home

Home buyers are often a pretty predictable bunch really. Nine times out of ten, buyers are concerned with the home’s location, its appearance, and cost, in no particular order. But there are many factors that need considering other than these three – especially if the buyer intends to remain happy in their new home for years to come.

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