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Housing Needs Analysis for the City of Tuscaloosa


A Housing Needs Analysis for the City of Tuscaloosa was featured at the Alabama Real Estate Summit on August 24, 2012.

The April 2011 tornado outbreak caused great losses in Tuscaloosa. Joe Zanola led the research team that delivered the demographic based Housing Needs Analysis. The research team included Zanola Company, MarketGraphics Southeast, and University of Alabama Center for Real Estate. The research included housing needs in the storm impact area as well as the total Tuscaloosa market area through 2016. Special emphasis was given to affordable housing and to student housing. The analysis provided demographic need forecast, detailed home types, quantities, pricing, size, etc.

Joe recommended that going forward that the Analysis be used as a “housing growth plan.”

Key findings included:

  1. Tremendous merit and opportunity for Tuscaloosa’s housing growth.
  2. Segment opportunities discovered to attract sizable employers as well as to identify Tuscaloosa as a growing retiree destination.
  3. University of Alabama foreseen to outperform its competition for growth in spite of changing student demographics.
  4. Scenario recommended to accommodate University and Census Population growth, to replace lost housing inventories, and to achieve additional beneficial City growth.
Joe concluded the analysis saying, “achieving these great opportunities require a unified and focused pursuit. While Tuscaloosa has tremendous growth opportunities, many communities are now competing for the same growth opportunities. Let’s use this plan to make these opportunities happen for Tuscaloosa. Let’s not look back in 5 years, thinking that we missed this opportunity.”