Tag Archives: inflation

Q&A with David Blitzer from S&P Dow Jones Indices Webinar

In this video clip, David Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the S&P Index Committee, addresses questions from the S&P Dow Jones Indices webinar pertaining to REITs and the entire housing sector of the U.S. economy. Questions include: How do housing prices today compare with another period of low inflation / low growth? How will […]

Do home price increases threaten inflation?

Now that home prices are rising with a gain of 7.3% from December 2011 to December 2012 in the S&P/Case-Shiller 20 City Composite index, some people are wondering if house prices are about to do to the CPI what gas pumps did in February.  Doubtful — but a full explanation can be found on Macroblog […]

Charts of Rent vs. Buy and Inflation Adjusted Home Prices

Based on data from the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices and the US Consumer Price Index, we show a chart of relative costs of renting or buying a home and the impact of inflation on home prices.  Buying is slightly favored over renting compared to the average since 1987 for the S&P/Case-Shiller 10-City Composite.  In […]

Home Prices Corrected for Inflation at 2001 Levels

Take inflation out of home prices and we’re back to 2001 — ten years ago.  The chart shows the S&P/Case-Shiller 10-City Composite Index in nominal (or current dollar) terms along with the index deflated  by the Consumer Price Index.  Looking at the dashed orange lines near the lower right hand corner, one sees that prices […]

Behind the Prices

Two ways to look a bit deeper into homes prices are comparing renting to buying and looking at real or inflation adjusted prices.  The charts give pictures of both.   Taking inflation out of home prices doesn’t change the big picture very much — there was still a boom and a bust and there is nothing […]

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