Still building: Housing shortage will be with us for years to come

The U.S. is short more than 2 million homes as building activity still lags.

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Housing starts peaked in D-FW last year and have declined in 2019.(Carly Geraci / Special Contributor)

Nationwide home mortgage rates are near record lows. Employment rates are near record highs. And demand for housing is strong in most U.S. metro areas.

You’d think homebuilding would be booming.

But you’d be wrong.

Single-family home construction across the country and in North Texas is nowhere close to reaching the levels we saw before the Great Recession.

And homebuilding is likely to lag demand through the next three years, according to a new report by Zillow.

The real estate marketing firm and Pulsenomics surveyed economists, investment strategists and real estate professionals who said that home construction will remain below historic averages through at least 2022.

Zillow estimates that nationwide homebuilding has lagged by more than 2 million houses during the last decade.

In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, we’re short more than 40,000 homes from where we would have been if builders could have kept up with demand.

“Without new homes to meet population growth and replace an aging housing stock, homebuying is expected to move further out of reach,” Zillow director of economic research Skylar Olsen said in the report.

Zillow’s findings are in line with what the National Association of Home Builders has been warning for the last few years — that builders can’t produce enough houses.

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6:15 AM on Sep 13, 2019

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