Millennials Search for Home...On Their Terms

How are millennials affecting the housing market? As millennials come of age and the older tier in particular begins to settle down, there are four key trends worth noting.
COU Reports

COU Standard of Living Index 2017 - 2nd Annual Edition

In this policy brief, The COU Standard of Living Index, Wendell Cox provides cost of living estimates for new entrants to metropolitan markets, including prospective home buyers as well as renters.

We Can Make Housing More Affordable

By A. Barton Hinkle The smoke from the dumpster fire of the 2016 presidential election has obscured many important issues, not least of them economic mobility. The difficulty of climbing the economic ladder may be overstated, but it also could be reduced ...read more
Wind and solar on the grid

Unsustainable Solutions in the Name of Sustainability

By Rick Harrison — Heavily subsidized renewables haven't aged well or performed well, but they've taken a bite out of tax payers' pockets. Harrison explores an approach to sustainable energy that is actually economically sustainable...
Downtown Sacramento
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The House Prices are Too Damned High

By Wendell Cox — Rents have risen faster than incomes, but nothing compared to the increase in house prices. Clearly, house prices are too damn high. The huge increase in house prices between 1969 and 2015 is an anomaly that has become extreme.
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Urban Containment, Endangered Working Families and Beleaguered Minorities

By Wendell Cox — Urban containment efforts, in the form of excessive land use regulation to stop development on the urban periphery a key to shortage of affordable housing.

America's Housing Crisis

Center for Opportunity Urbanism is a non-profit dedicated to preserving the American dream and promoting upward mobility for all Americans. This video from COU explores America’s housing crisis --- focusing on the new generation.

Jerry Brown’s housing hypocrisy

By Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox — Jerry Brown worrying about the California housing crisis is akin to the French policeman played by Claude Rains in “Casablanca” being “shocked, shocked” about gambling at the bar...

Geographies of Inequality

By Joel Kotkin — What's next? San Francisco is now home to 80,000 more dogs than children...

California regulations price middle class out of midlevel homes: Wendell Cox

By Wendell Cox — There is a serious housing affordability crisis in both California and San Bernardino County, and it goes beyond the intractable shortage of affordable housing for low-income households...

The Cost of Not Housing: A New Report

By Joel Kotkin — This new report examines the economic impact of the lack of affordable housing...
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What Price Urban Density?

By Fanis Grammenos — We regularly hear the argument that living in a compact city is more affordable than living in one that is more spread out. But what does the data actually show about the cost of housing in compact cities, and the cost of transport in these dense places?