This episode is sponsored by Nexo.ioArculus and FTX US.

Housing prices around the country are up 19.2% this year, and 30% since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Videos of desperate couples and families lining up for open houses have become mainstays of social media. In today’s episode, NLW gives a primer on what’s going on and why the roots of the problem go back to the Global Financial Crisis.

“The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features Nathaniel Whittemore aka NLW, with editing by Rob Mitchell, research by Scott Hill and additional production support by Eleanor Pahl. Jared Schwartz is our executive producer and our theme music is “Countdown” by Neon Beach. The music you heard today behind our sponsor is “I Don't Know How To Explain It” by Aaron Sprinkle. Image credit: Paul Bradbury/Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at