Layton Says Lack of New Construction Impacts Affordability
February 16, 2018
Freddie Mac CEO Donald Layton said that home prices have been reasonably strong over the past five years or so, but a new construction lag is what’s really contributing to the lack of affordable housing.He also said there’s been a noticeably higher rate of home price growth than in average or median family income. Layton said, in the long-term, the U.S. has produced 1.5 million housing units a year, both multifamily and single-family. And with a small population growth adjustment, Layton said it should be about 1.6 million a year now. “I believe it has noticeably declined in the financial crisis and it has never returned to that level again,” he said in a phone interview.