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Steady Real Estate Inflation

Real Estate Inflation Increased 2.5 Percent From a Year Ago

Sam Khater    |    Economic Trends, Housing Trends

Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.1 percent from January to February on a seasonally adjusted basis and increased 1.1 percent over a year ago. The less volatile index that excludes food and energy increased 0.1 percent month over month and 1.6 percent year over year.

The CPI-U represents the change in prices for a consumer’s basket of goods and services, including real...

February Real Estate-Related Sales up 3 Percent From Last Year

Real Estate-Related Sales Account for 8 Percent of All Retail Sales

Sam Khater    |    Economic Trends, Housing Trends

Today the U.S. Census Bureau released its February retail sales report, which shows retail sales increased to $427.2 billion, up 1.5 percent from a year ago, but down from a 1.9 percent increase in January. Excluding the volatile auto sector, retail sales increased 1.3 percent from last February, a small decline January’s 1.6 percent increase. Since the economic expansion began in July 2009, retail sales have averaged a 4.6 percent year-over-year growth rate, below the 5.4 percent...

Real Estate’s One Percent

High-End Home Sales Growth Strong, Lower End Price Segment Contracting

Sam Khater

While there’s been a lot of analysis of income inequality and the income level of the population’s “one percent,” there has been very little analysis of residential real estate’s “one percent.” Historically over the last two decades, homes that sold for over 1 million dollars have accounted for 1 percent of all sales, which serves as a useful proxy. The share of million-dollar home sales was below 1 percent for most of 2003, but steadily increased...

Steady Real Estate Inflation

Real Estate Inflation Increased 2.4 Percent From a Year Ago

Sam Khater    |    Economic Trends, Housing Trends

Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.1 percent in January on a seasonally adjusted basis and increased 1.6 percent over a year ago. The less volatile index that excludes food and energy increased 0.1 percent month over month and 1.6 percent year over year.

The Consumer Price Index represents the change in prices for a consumer’s basket of goods and services, including real...

The State of the Multifamily Market

Demand for Multifamily Market Remains High

Sam Khater    |    Housing Trends, Mortgage Trends

Last week, I attended the National Multifamily Council’s Apartment Strategies Conference and was struck by the differences between hot single-family and multifamily markets. The strongest single-family markets – as evidenced by price increases – are primarily in California and include Stockton, Riverside, Oakland and Sacramento, as well as Las Vegas. The recoveries in these five markets have certainly not been driven by fundamentals, such as job and demographic growth, as...

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