Rent or buy? The current American housing dilemma

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From homeless to hope: Inside the Milestone Transitional Living Program

From homeless to hope: Inside the Milestone Transitional Living Program

Lois M. Collins, Deseret News  |  Posted July 21 - 4:03 p.m.

New housing in Sandy is the core of a self-sufficiency program for adults 18 to 21 who were homeless or frighteningly close.
New plan outlines big changes ahead for Salt Lake City's fast-growing Granary District

New plan outlines big changes ahead for Salt Lake City's fast-growing Granary District

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 21 - 10:46 a.m.

Salt Lake City transportation planners unveiled a new plan that handles transportation needs in the city's growing Granary District.
Navigating the growing demand and costs of aggregate in Utah

Navigating the growing demand and costs of aggregate in Utah

Emma Pitts, Deseret News  |  Posted July 20 - 4:03 p.m.

Residents' lack of desire for a quarry or pit near their homes is just one reason, among many, for the gradual price spike in aggregate in recent years.
Salt Lake County unveils 'game-changing' criminal justice, homelessness reform plan

Salt Lake County unveils 'game-changing' criminal justice, homelessness reform plan

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted July 19 - 5:07 p.m.

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson on Friday unveiled a five-year plan aimed at curbing homelessness and reforming the criminal justice system in the county.
Switchpoint receives $3.8M from Church of Jesus Christ, Walker and Miller funds

Switchpoint receives $3.8M from Church of Jesus Christ, Walker and Miller funds

Emma Everett Johnson, KSL.com  |  Posted July 18 - 7:03 p.m.

A nonprofit that combats homelessness announced $3.8 million in new funding from the Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund, the Larry H. and Gail Miller Family Foundation and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Utah rental market softens, but for how long?

Utah rental market softens, but for how long?

Daniel Woodruff, KSL-TV  |  Posted July 16 - 3:03 p.m.

Utah's rental market is seeing a decrease in prices after years of astronomical increase. Experts say the trend will likely not last forever.
Biden to propose capping rental costs, Washington Post reports

Biden to propose capping rental costs, Washington Post reports

Eric Beech and Trevor Hunnicutt, Reuters  |  Posted July 15 - 10:04 p.m.

President Joe Biden will unveil a proposal on Tuesday to cap housing rental costs nationwide, the Washington Post reported on Monday, citing three people familiar with the matter.
Layton mobile home park residents mull future as 6-story apartment building takes shape

Layton mobile home park residents mull future as 6-story apartment building takes shape

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted July 13 - 9:08 p.m.

The remaining residents at a Layton mobile home park, told in 2021 they'd eventually have to leave, ponder their future as development proceeds on a vacated park section.
How much does a Utahn need to make to rent an average 2-bedroom unit?

How much does a Utahn need to make to rent an average 2-bedroom unit?

Ashley Fredde, KSL.com  |  Posted July 4 - 1:26 p.m.

In 2020, the hourly wage to afford a two-bedroom rental unit in Utah was estimated to be $19.83 — with it rising just four years later to $26.89, just over $7 more.
Single and buying: Women take the lead in purchasing real estate

Single and buying: Women take the lead in purchasing real estate

Emma Pitts, Deseret News  |  Posted June 29 - 7:17 a.m.

As a single buyer, the homebuying process can be daunting, and the choice to buy or to stay renting is largely a financial one.
West Valley City officials recommend controversial rezone of Redwood Swap Meet site

West Valley City officials recommend controversial rezone of Redwood Swap Meet site

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted June 26 - 9:02 p.m.

West Valley City officials are recommending approval of a proposed rezone of the Redwood Swap Meet land, an action opposed by the vendors who use the site.
Micro communities for homeless people sprout in cities eager for quick and cheap solutions

Micro communities for homeless people sprout in cities eager for quick and cheap solutions

R.J. Rico and Jesse Bedayn, Associated Press  |  Posted June 23 - 8:21 p.m.

In downtown Atlanta, shipping containers have been transformed into an oasis for dozens of previously unsheltered people who now proudly call a former parking lot home. It's just one example of micro communities that have been popping up across the U.S.
Utah in danger of losing hundreds of affordable housing units in next few years

Utah in danger of losing hundreds of affordable housing units in next few years

Sydnee Chapman Gonzalez, Utah Investigative Journalism Project  |  Posted June 23 - 12:03 p.m.

Several hundred affordable units in Utah are set to age out of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit by 2029. Those expirations, in turn, mean there's no guarantee rents will stay affordable.
Cost of homeowner's insurance in Utah up by double digits each year since 2022

Cost of homeowner's insurance in Utah up by double digits each year since 2022

Daniel Woodruff, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 20 - 12:02 p.m.

The Utah insurance commissioner says home insurance rates are on the rise in Utah due to several factors, including building homes in more risky areas and the state's traditionally cheaper market that's catching up to nationwide levels.
Utah home prices see slower growth amid national affordability crisis

Utah home prices see slower growth amid national affordability crisis

Emma Pitts, Deseret News  |  Posted June 20 - 6:50 a.m.

In May, the median price for a home on the market in Utah was $522,754, a 2.4% increase from a year ago, reports indicate. The West and Northeast are the least affordable areas of the country for Americans to purchase a home. What gives?
Utah's median home price rises to $500K, despite high mortgage rates

Utah's median home price rises to $500K, despite high mortgage rates

Daniel Woodruff, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 17 - 8:05 a.m.

Even with high mortgage rates, Utah's home prices are still going up, as the median price for a home in the state is now $500,000.
Foundational progress made in Utah homeless services but urgent crisis persists, report finds

Foundational progress made in Utah homeless services but urgent crisis persists, report finds

Ashley Fredde, KSL.com  |  Posted June 12 - 7:57 p.m.

Utah has made "significant and meaningful progress" in homeless services but still faces an "urgent and growing" crisis in chronic homelessness, according to a report released Wednesday by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.
 'Desperately needed': 3 families receive Habitat for Humanity homes in Kearns

'Desperately needed': 3 families receive Habitat for Humanity homes in Kearns

Ashley Fredde, KSL.com  |  Posted June 11 - 8:32 p.m.

The Field of Dreams community in Kearns gained three more families on Tuesday, bringing the community to 90% completion.
Ogden mayor seeks focus on single-family home development, less emphasis on apartments

Ogden mayor seeks focus on single-family home development, less emphasis on apartments

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted June 6 - 10:03 a.m.

Ogden Mayor Ben Nadolski has announced plans to seek an ordinance change to encourage less apartment growth and more single-family home development.
Salt Lake City plans to flip former public safety building into 244 new housing units

Salt Lake City plans to flip former public safety building into 244 new housing units

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 4 - 8:50 p.m.

Three organizations were picked to oversee an ambitious project to convert a 66-year-old Salt Lake City building into affordable multifamily housing.
Salt Lake County Council approves accessory dwelling unit ordinance changes

Salt Lake County Council approves accessory dwelling unit ordinance changes

Ashley Fredde, KSL.com  |  Posted June 4 - 7:05 p.m.

The Salt Lake County Council approved an ordinance change Tuesday that would make it a little easier to build accessory dwelling units, known as ADUs, in unincorporated residential areas.
US home prices hit another record high in March

US home prices hit another record high in March

Bryan Mena, CNN  |  Posted May 28 - 2:02 p.m.

U.S. home prices reached a record high in March, reflecting the housing market's persistent affordability crisis.
Utah leads nation in housing unit growth, so why did privately owned units drop?

Utah leads nation in housing unit growth, so why did privately owned units drop?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 22 - 7:05 p.m.

Utah leads the nation in new housing stock, but the Census Bureau says Utah's new privately owned housing units have dropped 35% in two years.
US home sales post second straight monthly drop; house prices accelerate

US home sales post second straight monthly drop; house prices accelerate

Lucia Mutikani, Reuters  |  Posted May 22 - 5:31 p.m.

Existing home sales unexpectedly fell in April as higher mortgage rates and house prices weighed on demand, dealing another setback to the housing market.
Hammer or money? How water providers are pushing change

Hammer or money? How water providers are pushing change

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted May 19 - 7:18 a.m.

New construction is key to saving water, including the Colorado River.