Outlook for Housing the Middle Class

How can the real estate industry do a better job of meeting the needs of middle-income renters and buyers?

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  • How the New U.S. Tax Law Affects Community Development Projects

    June 4, 2018

    Important tax credits were preserved in the new federal tax law, but lower corporate rates shrink their value.

  • Using Technology to Enhance Community Experiences in Multifamily

    May 31, 2018

    Panelists at a ULI Boston event in April said that a newfound purpose for technology is emerging in multifamily segments—fostering a sense of community within the buildings and their surrounding neighborhoods.

  • Alleviating Homelessness: ULI Crafts Recommendations for Los Angeles

    May 8, 2018

    A recent ULI Advisory Services panel, funded entirely by the ULI Foundation, provided recommendations specific to the city of Los Angeles but adaptable to other metropolitan areas.

  • Rent-to-Own Tiny Homes as a Potential Path out of Poverty

    May 7, 2018

    Could ownership of 250- to 400-square-foot (23 to 37 sq m) homes help low-income people acquire an asset and begin to accrue wealth? Panelists at the 2018 ULI Spring Meeting said it is certainly an idea worth trying.

  • Building Homes for the “Missing Middle” in Denver

    April 16, 2018

    High construction costs and low inventories are driving home prices ever higher in some of America’s fastest-growing cities, said panelists speaking at a recent ULI Colorado event.

  • Outlook for Industrial and Multifamily Still Strong among North Texas Investors

    April 2, 2018

    Strong economic fundamentals, a favorable regulatory environment, and plenty of capital to deploy bode well for real estate investments, acquisitions, and development in 2018.

  • Alleviating San Francisco’s Housing Shortfall: ULI’s Housing the Bay Initiative

    March 5, 2018

    Like many areas of the United States, California is facing a housing affordability crisis in its most populous area, and the San Francisco Bay area is ground zero, with sky-high rents and housing prices. To help address the issue, ULI San Francisco created the Housing the Bay initiative in early 2017. Through research, events, and workshops, the initiative aims to explore the underlying causes of the Bay Area’s high housing costs and inadequate housing supply and propose solutions. As a culmination of all this work, the Housing the Bay Summit will be held on March 23, 2018.

  • Costs, Resistance to Denser Development Holding Markets Like San Diego Back

    January 22, 2018

    In many ways, San Diego illustrates the challenges facing many attractive U.S. cities, including the demand for affordable housing, struggling retail, and the need for more senior housing. At the top of the list is a strong community wariness of any new development, which has made it difficult to build meaningful mixed-use projects, said speakers during a January panel discussion organized by ULI San Diego–Tijuana.

  • In Brief: The Top-Selling Master-Planned Communities of 2017

    January 5, 2018

    According to a recent report from RCLCO, home sales at America’s 50 top-selling master-planned communities surpassed the 2016 totals by more than 17 percent last year. The Villages in Central Florida’s 2,231 sales puts them in the top spot again, while California’s Irvine Ranch, with sales of 1,814, comes in at second place, followed by Florida’s Lakewood Ranch, with 1,206 total sales.

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