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Palm Bay woman and son displaced due to lack of affordable housing on Space Coast


According to Florida International University's Dr. Edward Murray, an expert on housing market issues, adding to these pressures is the trend of investment companies sometimes buying up entire neighborhoods, driving up housing prices. Home purchases by big investors has skyrocketed in Florida, Murray said.

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Dr. Ned Murray is the associate director of the Jorge M. Pérez Metropolitan Center at Florida International University. He said different factors have contributed to this housing crisis, including low inventory and the pandemic. “What we’ve seen over the last two years is not only unprecedented, but it really is an exaggeration of anything that you could see in the housing market,” Murray said.

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Still, Ned Murray, associate director of the Perez Metropolitan Center at Florida International University, said he is concerned about a lack of mobility because of the high prices. He also worries people will start taking out unaffordable second mortgages or refinancing loans based on inflated home values.

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COVID-19 Economic Recovery Index©
Interact with our newly developed COVID-19 Economic Recovery Index© where we track the local economy’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Using infographics, our staff prepares a brief analysis of issues of interest to the community.

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As part of our commitment to providing local and state public and private decision-makers with relevant information on issues affecting South Florida, the FIU Jorge M. Perez Metropolitan Center is proud to present Policy Briefings.

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