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The Cost of Maintaining Ownership in the Current Crisis: Comparisons in 20 Cities


  • Dean Baker
  • Danilo Pelletiere
  • Hye Jin Rho


This report compares the ownership and rental costs in 20 major U.S. metropolitan areas. The study finds that in many markets, homeownership costs are in line with rental costs. In these areas, it is practical and desirable to focus on policies that keep homeowners in their homes. The report goes on to show that in bubble-inflated markets, however, homeownership is not only a costly and risky proposition, but continuing price declines mean that homeowners will not accrue any equity. The authors suggest that policy makers should be sure to consider affordable rental options as part of the solution when drafting proposals to help households in these markets.

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  • Dean Baker & Danilo Pelletiere & Hye Jin Rho, 2008. "The Cost of Maintaining Ownership in the Current Crisis: Comparisons in 20 Cities," CEPR Reports and Issue Briefs 2008-12, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).
  • Handle: RePEc:epo:papers:2008-12

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    1. Francisco Rodríguez, 2008. "How Not to Defend the Revolution: Mark Weisbrot and the Misinterpretation of Venezuelan Evidence," Wesleyan Economics Working Papers 2008-001, Wesleyan University, Department of Economics.
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    housing bubble; homeownership; housing policy;

    JEL classification:

    • G - Financial Economics
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • R - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics
    • R21 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Housing Demand
    • L85 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Real Estate Services

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