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The answer to the affordable housing shortage no one wants to hear

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News about the housing shortage has infiltrated headlines enough times that it comes across as the new normal – the market is perpetually bound to be lacking in inventory.

But tucked away in all the stories is the answer that is likely the most undesirable. As home-building experts are keenly aware, the answer is that there is no silver bullet to the housing shortage, including affordable housing. It’s going to be a long road to recovery.

National Association of Home Builders Chief Economist Rob Dietz explains the complex narrative around the barriers to housing starts by highlighting the five Ls: lack of labor, lots/land, lumber/materials, lending for builders and laws/regulatory burdens. Each one plays a major role in why there are not more affordable housing units being built…

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