America Still Needs More Homes

The biggest problem for America’s housing market is that there aren’t enough homes available. The sales slowdown probably won’t do much to alleviate the situation and over time could make it even worse.

The National Association of Realtors on Wednesday said 5.12 million previously owned homes were sold in June, at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, down from May’s 5.41 million. It was both the lowest level since the early months of the pandemic and below the prepandemic trend. It reflects just how much the affordability problem, driven by the sharp rise in mortgage rates and sky-high home prices, is weighing on sales.

What is needed is for housing to somehow become more affordable.

Read the full article on The Wall Street Journal


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