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FHFA Housing vs CPI Rent Index

In 1983, the BLS dropped a complex method for calculating monthly housing costs and moved to a rental equivalent method. The price of housing would now be framed as what monthly payment you could expect to receive if you were renting your home in the current market. While this may have simplified the calculation and removed volatility, it completely missed the housing bubble as seen on this chart.

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Sources: BLS, Federal Housing Finance Administration
Updated: July 22, 2014 at 8:59 AM EDT
Series: business cycles - stock market cycles - housing market - consumer price index - economic indicators
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