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Why Housing Is Expensive
I previously posted about a growing antiplanning movement in Britain and a conference held on the impact of planning on housing prices. Someone sent me a PowerPoint show (7.2 MB) that was given at the conference that graphically demonstrates the problem with finding a place to build a home in England.
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The show is a bit large but worth the download. It was presented by Kate Moorcock Abley, who is affiliated with Audacity, one of the groups that put on the conference. Audacity’s director, James Heartfield, will be speaking at this November’s American Dream conference in San Jose.
Speaking of San Jose, I recently came across a 2002 study by California home builders about why housing is so expensive in Silicon Valley. I can’t find the study on line, but here are its findings.
The study compared the cost of a 2,200-
Labor was also a big factor. High housing prices increase labor costs, so San Jose
home builders paid $143,000 in labor costs for a three-
Finally, impact fees were $29,000 per home in San Jose but only $5,000 per home in Dallas.
Those who say that urban-
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Reprinted from The Antiplanner