The Cost of Extortion

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Whatever some say to justify sky-high fees, design requirements and affordable-housing mandates it’s certain they all do one thing: raise housing costs.  It is said that the fees are necessary to mitigate the impact(s) of new housing on the community.  Yes, but so high?  Moreover, new design requirements locals say are written to conform the […]

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Homebuilders (Still) in Good Hands

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

The selection a few years back of former GOP leader David Cogdill to lead California homebuilders (CBIA) through difficult times was an excellent choice.  CBIA had come to symbolize an industry in transition – flummoxed by the duality of a deep recession and smaller, regional builders giving way to increasingly dominant national companies.  Both were […]

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Do These Five Things and You’ll Leave CA Ready to Build More Housing

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

After taking their recent cap-and-trade victory lap, the Governor and Democrats in the Legislature pledged to fix the state’s housing problems next.  When I heard this I wasn’t surprised, politically – the pressure is on for them to do something. California’s housing shortage is catching up to the mighty Golden State.  McKenzie and Company reports […]

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The right Rx for California’s housing problems

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Christopher Thornberg’s “Stop Dissin’ the Housing Market—Set it Free!”, which recently appeared on these pages, is just what California’s housing markets need.  Hail to this Beacon Economics PhD!  Want more housing? as Thronberg asks:  Stop messing with markets! Thornberg’s piece, which can be found by clicking on the following link, should be required reading for all 120 […]

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Land-use Cowards

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Amid the myriad and many examples of how government intervention upsets local housing markets comes one of the most shameful in the form of Assembly Bill 121 by Marc Levine, a Democrat from San Rafael.  Marin County wants to be exempt from the state requirement that all cities and counties must plan for their fair […]

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Re-regulating Markets is No Solution to State Housing Crisis

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

By almost all accounts, economists, academicians, social scientists, policy makers and industry experts agree that at the root of California’s housing problems is a profound lack of supply.  Accordingly, what’s needed as a solution, these notables say, are more incentives for the private development sector to do what it does best:  build. However, judging from […]

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Fixing the housing problem:  leave the state out of it.

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

On these pages recently, Joe Matthews penned an essay advocating more state intervention in local housing markets.  Matthews should be forgiven for endorsing such an absurd proposition.  After all, it’s true that in California, as Matthews writes, housing approvals are left up to locals, who regularly play havoc with their land-use and permitting power. Local […]

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Why Can’t Adults Agree to Change a Corrupt System for Approving New Housing?

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Last year, Brown proposed $400 million for housing projects in return for lawmakers loosening certain development restrictions. Talks stalled, and Brown’s budget revision this year includes no funding for the deal. “What’s changed is that we were unable to get the reforms that were the condition of spending the money.” Asked if he thought those […]

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Crowding Out the Housing Agenda

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Housing expert and friend Carol Galante has drunk the Kool-Aid. She’s bought into the theory that things other than California’s profound undersupply of housing should determine state policy. In this case, of course, it’s environmental policy. Galante is a housing pro. For a long time, she worked under housing guru Donald Terner at the now-famous […]

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Redevelopment:  Pathway to a California Housing Renaissance?

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

On these pages I have consistently advocated for limited government interference when it comes to building the housing California desperately needs.  After all, housing markets function best when left alone to the private sector and the proper signals are left free to be sent – to builders and to consumers. Rewards go to the developer […]

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