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Solving the Housing Affordability Crisis

There is no “silver bullet” solution to this crisis. The effort requires comprehensive strategies at the federal, state and local levels to reduce building costs, boost supply and empower home buyers with a mix of housing choices. See how NAHB is working to address these issues.

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Perceptions of Housing Affordability Worsen

In the final quarter of 2019, a series-high of 82% of prospective buyers could afford less than half the homes available in their markets. The share went on to decline throughout 2020 (i.e. affordability perceptions improved), reaching 63% by the final quarter of that year. But affordability expectations have worsened recently — in every region of the United States.

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Housing Affordability Affects Everyone

Here’s what you can do to improve housing affordability in your community.

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Americans Deserve a Choice

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“Missing Middle” of Housing

Providing a range of housing types is key to increase the supply of housing at various price points.

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Rent Control

Rent control policies limit supply and do not address the underlying issues of housing affordability.

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Building Codes

Building codes ensure safe homes. But many codes proposed today are done so without regard to cost to home buyers.

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What You Need to Know

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Creating Housing for All Toolkit

Everyone wants a home they can afford that meets their unique needs. Implementing these strategies can help make that happen.

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Housing Opportunity Index

This quarterly measure of area-specific housing affordability is based on home sales and median family income.

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The Public Weighs In

Vast majority of Americans say housing affordability is at a crisis point.

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