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Extreme Market Conditions Impacting Affordable Housing

The American Dream by any definition includes the belief that one can work hard and achieve financial success. This aspiration is most often connected with the dream of homeownership. For the majority of low- and moderate-income households, homeownership is the most common way to grow financial independence and wealth. Today, a plethora of issues are disrupting the American Dream.

Interest in and production of affordable housing in metro Atlanta are at all-time highs. Yet the extreme market conditions are dwarfing this progress and limiting production. These conditions are driving housing prices higher which impedes the ability of low- and moderate-income buyers to purchase homes, thereby increasing already wide racial wealth gaps.

At the next Atlanta Regional Housing Forum, June 1, we will look at both macroeconomic and regional issues that are impacting efforts to produce affordable for-sale housing at scale to meet current needs and market demands. We’ll ask an economist to share how inflation, Federal Reserve actions, supply chain issues, labor, land costs, and other factors are disrupting the housing sector.

Our conversations will then turn to an issue of growing concern – the impact of equity investor activity in the single-family rental market, including the emerging trend of “built for rent” – where entire communities are bought and built specifically for rental, not homeownership. Since the foreclosure crisis starting in 2008, Wall Street capital has rapidly begun growing a portfolio of single-family rental homes.

On its face, it appears as another market strategy for investors. Players in that sector cite that they only account for two percent of all rental homes in the nation. But the reality is that they are heavily concentrated in Sun Belt cities. According to a recent report, Atlanta is by far the biggest target of equity investor activity in the single-family rental market. And by all accounts, the issue seems to be growing.

Join us for the June 1 Housing Forum as we ask leading experts to explain the scale of the issue, the impact on the homebuying market, impact on communities and tenants, why Atlanta and other Sun Belt cities are such a target, and potential mitigation that ensures fair access to the American Dream.

We also plan to shine a light on proposed legislative action that seeks to limit local jurisdictions from enacting regulations to prevent or limit this type of single-family rental/built for rent activity by equity investor groups and discuss the role that tenant’s rights and other legislative remedies might play.

The June 1 Atlanta Regional Housing Forum will be both in-person and virtual. Join us at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 435 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta GA 30308. Mask-friendly event venue, but masks are not required. Seating will not be socially distanced. Presenters announced soon.

Details and registration here.


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1 Comment

  1. Mary Brewer May 2, 2022 9:02 pm

    The investors call me every day two times a day to try to buy my house. They buy houses and rent way above what anyone can pay They also don’t want to do repairs. You also have all the yard work to do yourself
    So they just collect moneyReport


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