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Addressing Housing Concerns: Impact of 8 Million Immigrants on US Real Estate & Inflation

Addressing Housing Concerns: Impact of 8 Million Immigrants on US Real Estate & Inflation

Addressing the Housing Concerns for 8 Million Immigrants

The Surge of Immigrants in the US

The United States is witnessing a massive influx of immigrants, with the numbers expected to hit 8 million by the end of September. This represents a significant increase of 167% in just five years. The rising number of migrants is putting pressure on the already strained and outdated US immigration system. This backlog has left millions of people in a state of uncertainty, unsure of whether they will be allowed to stay in the US or face deportation. It is estimated that around 2 million of these migrants are high-priority cases, including those with deportation orders and some with criminal records or pending charges.

The Housing Crisis

With the surge in migrants, a critical question arises: Where are they living and who is funding their shelter? Since late 2022, there has been a 50% decrease in multi-family construction, while single-family construction has increased by about 25%. The total construction remains flat. Simultaneously, the price of rent has seen a steady increase, with a 0.4% rise in April alone. The primary residence rent, the cost that best equates to the rent people pay, has increased by at least 0.4% for 32 consecutive months. This trend contradicts the projections that rents are falling or will soon fall, which were based on the price of new leases and selected markets.

Immigration and Shelter Prices

The question that remains unanswered is how much illegal immigration is fueling the price of shelter. The competing forces at play include the completion of housing units, a lag in the way the Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates rents, and the rising inventory of new homes for sale. On the brighter side, homebuilders have the most inventory since May 2008, which could lead to big discounts. However, not many illegal immigrants can afford a house, and with housing starts tumbling, especially for multi-family units, the situation remains complex.

Inflationary Forces

The current policies and economic conditions are contributing to inflationary pressures. These include Biden's energy policy, student loan cancellations, the push for union wages, the inflation reduction act, tariffs, deficit spending, and the need to shelter millions of migrants. All these factors, coupled with signs of a slowing economy, create a challenging mix.

Final Thoughts

The influx of immigrants and the subsequent housing crisis presents a complex situation that requires careful consideration and strategic planning. The impact on rent prices and the housing market, in general, cannot be ignored. What are your thoughts on this issue? Do you think there are viable solutions to address these concerns? Share this article with your friends and engage in a meaningful discussion. Don't forget to sign up for the Daily Briefing at 6pm every day to stay updated on this and other important issues.

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