MNI BRIEF: Cleveland Fed Data Points to Easing Shelter Prices
New data from the Cleveland Federal Reserve tracking housing sector inflation suggests one of the key drivers of soaring prices will soon become less of a problem.
The bank said in a report released Thursday it had updated its repeat-rent inflation measures created from CPI microdata. The data for the new-tenant repeat-rent (NTRR) index, with only leases of tenants who recently moved in and updated through the first quarter of the year, turned negative at -0.11%. (See MNI INTERVIEW: Fed's Wright Optimistic On Further Disinflation)
The research noted that housing-related factors are a major component of the government's monthly Consumer Price Index, with shelter costs making up nearly a third of that closely watched report. An alternative Cleveland Fed all-tenant repeat-rent (ATRR) index uses all tenants, whether they recently moved in or not, and stood at 7.15%. Shelter as measured most recently in the CPI stood at 7.3% in the year to August.
Source: Cleveland Fed