Lack of starter homes still a problem for Juneau

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

A lack of affordable housing for young families continues to be a problem in Alaska's capital.

Reports say four builders updated city officials Monday on the city's housing situation. They were among those who testified last year about the dire state of housing in Juneau.

Russ McDougal of MAC's Design and Construction, said the biggest frustration for both builders and families is the lack stand-alone homes, intended as a family's first home.

These starter homes are priced between $150,000 and $250,000. No such stand-alone homes in that price range sold last year in Juneau. Of the 133 units sold in that price range last year, 30 were duplexes and the rest were condos.

This forces young families to look elsewhere for that home.