Posts filed under “Real Estate”

Chart of the Week: Actual Housing Costs (w/o BLS Adjustments

Before 1983, CPI measured housing inflation by looking at
what it cost to own a home (house prices, mortgage, property taxes). After 83,
BLS changed the housing component, using the concept of Owner’s Equivalent
Rent. Revert back to the true cost of housing, and Core CPI spikes to a more
realistic 5.3%.

Actual Housing Costs (w/o BLS Adjustments)


Source: Tim Iacono

BLS perversely lowers Owner’s Equivalent
further as utility costs go up: “CPI calculated the pure rent of the
matched renters by removing the value of any landlord-provide utilities.”

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One of the odder aspects of the so-called housing bubble phenomenon is how so many pundits have been so self-confident in their declarations of bubbleosity. I find that somewhat ironic — the same people who missed the largest stock bubble in human history have now become expert in spotting bubbles. And they now are spotting…Read More

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