Today's the big day for the Citrus Bowl parade in downtown, so plan your travel time in and out accordingly.

Now, let's start this morning with an interesting item from Forbes, which named Orlando as one of the top "Cities Doing the Most to Address the U.S. Housing Shortage."

Forbes notes that nationwide, there is an undersupply of new housing, but some metros are doing better than others at meeting demand.

Orlando is No. 5, with 19,306 permitted multifamily units, trailing only Charlotte, Houston, Raleigh and Austin in the rankings, which were created by looking at the number of building permits for single and multifamily units in the 53 largest U.S. metros from 2011 through 2014 as compared to those metros' existing housing bases.

If you look at only single-family construction as a percentage of the existing housing base, Raleigh is No. 1, followed by Austin, Nashville, Charlotte, Orlando, Oklahoma City and Jacksonville, reports Forbes.

The Cities Doing The Most To Address The U.S. Housing Shortage

By Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox

America is suffering from the severest undersupply of housing since the end of the Second World War. Although population growth has slowed significantly since the 1950s and 1960s, production has slowed down even more so. It’s not surprising that homebuilding declined after the housing bubble burst in 2008, but from 2011 to 2015 it continued to fall, dropping almost a quarter.

Meanwhile, housing price inflation has re-emerged. Housing now accounts for roughly 35% of household expenditures, up from about 30% in 1985, while expenditures on food, apparel and transportation have dropped or stayed about the same.


High home prices help to boost rents by forcing potential buyers into the apartment market. As of midyear, rental costs were eating up the largest share of renters’ income in recent U.S. history, 30.2%. Since 1990, renters’ income has not increased, but rents have soared 14.7% (both inflation adjusted).

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