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It is no secret that the nation is plagued by an affordable housing crisis. The alarm bells were ringing before the pandemic, but in the last two years, the problem has only worsened. Investment capital is responding, ramping up investment activity and new development of workforce housing—defined as rental housing for households earning 80% to 120% of AMI. With critical supply shortages across the country, the most in-need markets are those where rent growth is outpacing wage growth.

“I think developers and investors of affordable and workforce housing will do better in areas with high employment growth, expensive single-family housing, and where average rent growth is outpacing income growth for middle- and lower-income workers,” Eric Maribojoc of the Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship at George Mason University’s School of Business, tells GlobeSt.com. “The demand for affordable and workforce rental housing will be high and consistent in these markets.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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