Federal Issues

White House Aims to Fast-Track Commercial Conversions

November 2, 2023

As reported in the October 30 edition of the REALTOR® Magazine, many urban and rural areas nationwide are plagued by empty commercial buildings, with office vacancies reaching a 30-year high, according to the Council of Economic Advisers.

That’s putting a strain on commercial real estate markets and local economies. A new White House plan seeks to adapt these vacant commercial buildings for residential reuse, which could help answer the desperate call from the real estate industry for more homes.

NAR applauds the Biden administration’s latest effort to support greater affordable housing through converting vacant office and commercial space.



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