Partner Reports

 Regulating ADUs in California: Local Approaches & Outcomes

While accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are often mentioned as a key strategy in solving the nation's housing affordability challenges, little is known about how formal ADU ordinances contribute to these goals. This paper - the second in a five-part collaboration between UC Berkeley's Terner Center for Housing Innovation and the Center for California Real Estate - identifies the three main approaches to ADUs among California localities, based on a new index of relative restrictiveness. Learn more about this partnership here.



 Housing Policies in California Cities: Seeking Local Solutions to a Statewide Shortfall

Decisions about housing development are made at the local level, encouraging or deterring growth in ways that shape patterns of affordability and opportunity. This paper - the first in a five-part collaboration between UC Berkeley's Terner Center for Housing Innovation and the Center for California Real Estate - explores the local land use policies and planning practices, along with housing, economic, and demographic characteristics, that shape housing development in California cities, with a specific exploration of the consequences of these patterns for young adults. Learn more about this partnership here.



 Fading Promise: Millennial Prospects in the Golden State

Joel Kotkin, RC Hobbs Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University presented his latest whitepaper at an event hosted by C.A.R.'s Center for California Real Estate in Sacramento on May 2, 2017.
In a state where housing prices are 230 percent above the national average, California's millennial generation faces unprecedented economic challenges and diminished prospects with respect to housing, according to Kotkin's report. Millennials' incomes are not higher than those in key competitive states, but the costs they must absorb, particularly for housing, are the highest in the country. Their prospects for homeownership are increasingly remote, driving substantial out-migration from the state. The report, sponsored by CCRE, found California has experienced a net loss in migrants for at least the last 15 years.

Understanding and Challenging Opposition to Housing Construction in California's Urban Areas

UC Whitepaper cover imageHousing in California is unaffordable to most households. Limited construction relative to robust job growth is one of the main causes.  This study describes how local opposition to new housing construction suppresses new housing supply, and does so in an unequal way across metropolitan areas.
This report, written by Paavo Monkkonen, Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the University of California Los Angeles was the result of a lecture and whitepaper competition sponsored by C.A.R.'s Center for California Real Estate through the University of California open to all nine campuses. Professor Monkkonen presented his winning research on housing, land use and development at the UC Center in Sacramento on December 1, 2016.

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 Rebuilding Housing Finance: Thoughts from California on Federal Reform

In collaboration with the Milken Institute, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® released a report on housing finance, which features insights from C.A.R. CEO Joel Singer, as well as prominent voices from banking, state government, and academia. The report was generated by a special panel session at the Milken Institute’s prestigious California Summit, an invitation-only event that took place in November 2013.

C.A.R. and its Thought Leadership program played an integral role at the summit by helping to shape this special session on finance reform, including facilitating Singer’s involvement as a lead discussant so that the interests of real estate professionals were strongly represented.


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