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Testing Pandemic Housing Assumptions, Round One

Posted To: MND NewsWire

Early in the pandemic (Version I) there were a lot of theories advanced about its lasting effects on housing. Some of the theories were fanciful. These included (true story) that new homes would include covered areas specifically for no-touch delivery of on-line purchases which would, of course, constitute the bulk of our shopping. Multifamily construction would have to include no-touch or self-cleaning surfaces throughout common areas. Private areas for outdoor living would be mandatory Other projections were based on early observations of housing trends. Among the ones that were most worrisome to many in the industry was the apparent desire to shift away from density. This was seen happening both in an increased demand for detached housing and a perceived exodus from larger cities. The premise…(read more)

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