Home vacancies near all-time lows as housing shortage bites
This housing shortage is historic.
Why it matters: High housing costs are a key driver of the sour sentiment Americans feel about a U.S. economy that by most traditional measures is quite good.
State of play: One gauge of the tightness of the U.S. housing market — the percentage of homes that are vacant — fell to the lowest level on record in August, and ticked up only slightly in September.
- Meanwhile, on Friday, data on newly started homebuilding showed an unexpected increase for the second straight month, implying that home builders are making some effort to increase supply.
- Yes, but: Housing analysts suggest there is way too little construction to have any hope of meeting demand any time soon.
Go deeper: America's homebuyers are getting older