The State of Housing in Charlotte Report

The 2021 State of Housing in Charlotte Report


This is the third annual State of Housing in Charlotte Report issued by the Childress Klein Center for Real Estate (CKCRE). This report aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the state of housing in Charlotte and the surrounding area and to examine how the markets have changed in the year since the first report was written.

This report seeks to provide a complete overview of what happened in the region during the COVID-19 pandemic, which CKCRE considers to be from January 2020 to September 2021. CKCRE tries to provide a long-term view of the dynamics of the housing market over the last two decades, that is, from 2001 to 2020. 

Summit Presentation & Industry Panel



Past State of Housing Reports

On October 30, 2020, the Childress Klein Center for Real Estate hosted the Second Annual State of Charlotte Housing Summit. This virtual event featured a presentation of the State of Housing in Charlotte report by Dr. Yongqiang Chu, director of CKCRE. The summit was followed by two panel discussions on owner-occupied and rental housing markets and featured Charlotte real estate experts.


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Dr. Richard Buttimer, then director of the Childress Klein Center for Real Estate, led the inaugural summit on the State of Housing in Charlotte on February 21, 2019. The first report included a comprehensive inventory of housing stock, an analysis of housing affordability across all income levels and a higher-level comparison of the Charlotte regional housing market. Two panel discussions and a networking reception followed the presentation.



The Belk College of Business and Childress Klein Center for Real Estate would like to gratefully acknowledge our resource and data partners, whose generous support has allowed us to bring this crucial research to the Charlotte community.




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