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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Comments on January Case-Shiller and FHFA House Price Increases

by Calculated Risk on 3/29/2022 10:45:00 AM

Today, in the Calculated Risk Real Estate Newsletter: Case-Shiller National Index up 19.2% Year-over-year in January


This graph below shows existing home months-of-supply (inverted, from the NAR) vs. the seasonally adjusted month-to-month price change in the Case-Shiller National Index (both since January 1999 through January 2022).

Note that the months-of-supply is not seasonally adjusted.

Case-Shiller MoM House PricesThere is a clear relationship, and this is no surprise (but interesting to graph).  If months-of-supply is high, prices decline. If months-of-supply is very low (like now), prices rise quickly.

In January, the months-of-supply was at 1.6 months, and the Case-Shiller National Index (SA) increased 1.56% month-over-month.  The black arrow points to the January 2022 dot. In the February existing home sales report, the NAR reported months-of-supply increased to 1.7 months.

My sense is the Case-Shiller National annual growth rate of 19.98% in August was probably the peak YoY growth rate, however, since the normal level of inventory is probably in the 4 to 6 months range - we’d have to see a significant increase in inventory to sharply slow price increases, and that is why I’m focused on inventory!

Note: I’ll have more on real prices, price-to-rent and affordability tomorrow.emphasis added
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