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09.29.21

Strong Demand, Limited Supply, and Rising Prices: The Economics of Pandemic-Era Housing

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In a new report, Cleveland Fed researchers highlight key developments in the residential real estate and construction industry over the course of the pandemic, including recent indications that price growth will slow.

The District Data Brief, “Strong Demand, Limited Supply, and Rising Prices: The Economics of Pandemic-Era Housing,” tracks real-estate activity from the eyes of homebuilders, real estate agents, and other contacts in the Fourth Federal Reserve District, which encompasses Ohio and parts of Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

“When the coronavirus pandemic began, many feared the housing market would collapse again as it did in the mid-2000s. Instead, the industry has struggled to keep up with an influx of demand for homes,” say Cleveland Fed researchers Julianne Dunn and Isabel Brizuela. “In recent conversations, realtors report that they expect activity to remain steady during the next 12 months, but they expect price growth to normalize.”

Read the District Data Brief: Strong Demand, Limited Supply, and Rising Prices: The Economics of Pandemic-Era Housing

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