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Thursday, February 01, 2024

Inflation Adjusted House Prices 2.3% Below Peak; Price-to-rent index is 7.0% below recent peak

by Calculated Risk on 2/01/2024 12:37:00 PM

Today, in the Calculated Risk Real Estate Newsletter:


It has been over 17 years since the bubble peak. In the November Case-Shiller house price index released yesterday, the seasonally adjusted National Index (SA), was reported as being 70% above the bubble peak in 2006. However, in real terms, the National index (SA) is about 10% above the bubble peak (and historically there has been an upward slope to real house prices).  The composite 20, in real terms, is 1% above the bubble peak.

People usually graph nominal house prices, but it is also important to look at prices in real terms.  As an example, if a house price was $300,000 in January 2010, the price would be $425,000 today adjusted for inflation (41.5% increase).  That is why the second graph below is important - this shows "real" prices.

The third graph shows the price-to-rent ratio, and the fourth graph is the affordability index. The last graph shows the 5-year real return based on the Case-Shiller National Index.
Rea; House PricesThe second graph shows the same two indexes in real terms (adjusted for inflation using CPI).

In real terms (using CPI), the National index is 2.3% below the recent peak, and the Composite 20 index is 3.2% below the recent peak in 2022.

In real terms, national house prices are 10.4% above the bubble peak levels. There is an upward slope to real house prices, and it has been over 17 years since the previous peak, but real prices are historically high.
There is much more in the article.