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Weak Markets

In an expensive neighborhood, the value of creating shared equity homeownership units is clear. But what about neighborhoods where housing costs are currently low?

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Key take-aways:

  • Shared equity programs can make sense in disinvested neighborhoods or weak markets where housing costs are still low.
  • When values are low, the same amount of initial subsidy can reach more people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford homeownership.
  • Even in weak market cities or neighborhoods, quality homes are often unaffordable to low-income households.

This one-page factsheet from Shelterforce answers the question “What’s the point of shared equity homeownership in weak market areas?”


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