This is what a zero emissions home looks like

HouseZero has been overhauled from its pre-war origins to generate more energy over its lifetime than was used to renovate it, targeting nearly zero energy for heating and cooling, zero electric lighting during the day, 100 percent natural ventilation …

Remodeling Spending to Spike

Across 50 of the largest major markets, home remodeling spending will spike this year, according to findings released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. Expenditures for home remodels will rise by 5 percent in 41 of the 50 markets, and by 10 percent more in 11—the […]

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Climate change is here, and it’s already impacting property values: Harvard study

The study provides a fact-based grounding for the concept of “climate gentrification,” a phenomenon in which a region experiencing climate change will see property values soften.

Harvard: Crawl in Incomes Led to Unaffordability

Over the course of the past 30 years, Americans’ earnings and the economy have been on parallel paths, but at mismatched strides. Now, homebuyers are paying for it. Affordability continues to be a headwind for housing, according to the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies, which recently released The State of the Nation’s Housing, […]

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Home Remodeling Spending to Stay Strong

Home remodeling spending is expected to stay strong in 2018, up 7.5 percent from last year, according to the latest Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. “Steady gains in the broader economy, and in home sales and prices, are […]

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Changing Demand for Rentals Strains Supply

Demand for rentals is still strong—but what does it look like today, a decade after the recession? According to America’s Rental Housing Report, recently released by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, demand is evolving. In the aftermath of the crash, demand exploded, and a large portion of rentals were single-family homes. […]

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Housing market mostly back to ‘normal’ — depending on your location

DENVER — “Our mission as a center is quite simple: To raise housing issues and inform policy,” said Dr. Chris Herbert, the managing director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University …

Aging in Place? Prepare to Pay—or Change Your Mind

Forty-three million homeowners plan to stay put in their current home as they age, but lack the accessibility features to make it practical. A recent Insight from Freddie Mac reveals that adding those features—levered handles, widened doorways and hallways—could be costly, or impossible. According to Freddie Mac, half of Americans age 55 and older and […]

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How the aging US population impacts housing

As baby boomers have marched through history, they’ve changed many institutions along the way. Aging baby boomers are now changing the way we consider retirement, and the resulting impact on the housing market will be substantial …

What Harvard taught us about customer relationships 30 years ago

Theodore Levitt, a Harvard business professor and editor of the Harvard Business Review, wrote in that magazine how the “ongoing nature of services and the growing complexity of technology” will change the seller’s focus from “simply landing sales to ensuring buyer satisfaction after the purchase.” …