From the early days of the Democratic primaries to the
debates between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, the 2020 presidential candidates
spent a lot of time talking about housing — and that’s somewhat unusual.
As various Democrats jockeyed for their party’s presidential nomination in the closing months of 2019 and early this year, many of the candidates, including Biden, released ambitious housing agendas, calling for everything from a tax on real-estate speculators to the construction of millions of new rental units nationwide. This summer, President Trump boasted of his administration’s decision to roll back an Obama-era fair housing rule, claiming that people in the suburbs would see higher home prices and less crime as a result.
“I’ve been involved in prior campaigns, and to get housing policy in the mix anywhere other than on the campaign’s website is usually…