Top markets for affordable renovated housing inventory

Despite the rapidly deteriorating affordability, there is some hope for homebuyers in the form of renovated homes: properties that have been rehabbed into move-in ready condition after being purchased at auction.

HousingWire Magazine: December 2021/ January 2022

AS WE ENTER A NEW YEAR, let’s look at some of the events that we can look forward to in 2022. But what about what’s next for the housing industry?

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Logan Mohtashami on Omicron and pending home sales

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Renter households will be hardest hit by loss of CARES Act unemployment benefits

The loss of unemployment benefits could affect up to 30 million

Losing $600 a week in unemployment benefits will leave many renters filled with uncertainty when the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program ends later this week.

Without these benefits, households facing a severe housing burden will jump from about 3% to a whopping 41%, according to Zillow. Housing-burdened is defined as paying more than 30% of household income toward rent, while severely housing burdened is defined as paying more than 50% of household income toward rent.

New Orleans is likely to see the highest jump in housing burden, from its current rate of 4.7% up to an estimated 64%.

According to Zillow, households with high contact-intensity workers are more at-risk. High contact-intensity workers are those who require a high degree of face-to-face and close physical interaction in their jobs, like service and restaurant workers.

Currently, 31% of renter households with high contact-intensity workers are already housing burdened, while 13% are severely housing burdened.

There is also a racial component to this issue, as Black households are more likely than white households to have a majority of household income derived from high contact-intensity work.

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