As U.S. Inflation Hits 6.45 Percent in December, NAR Says Americans Still Falling Behind

As U.S. Inflation Hits 6.45 Percent in December, NAR Says Americans Still Falling Behind

Residential News » Washington D.C. Edition | By WPJ Staff | January 13, 2023 8:23 AM ET

On the heels of the Fed's latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation data release for December 2022, the National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Lawrence Yun issued the following statement:

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Lawrence Yun

"Inflation has been coming down. Mortgage rates will also, therefore, come down. The latest consumer price index of 6.45% in December is in the sixth consecutive month of deceleration after peak inflation of 9.1% in June 2022. Housing inflation due to rising rents is the one major item still showing acceleration but is soon expected to come down as well. Rents increased by 8.35% in December, its highest reading in more than 40 years. Private sector data in recent months have been pointing to near-zero rent growth in some major cities, and robust apartment construction will raise rental vacancy rates."

Yun continues, "The overall inflation of 6.45% is still above the average hourly earnings of 4.6%. Therefore, a good majority of Americans are falling behind in their standard of living. Food prices are up 10.4%, including egg price gains of 60%, a daily reminder of the grind people face. Gasoline prices have fallen by 1% from a year ago, though still up 42% from pre-pandemic levels in March 2020. The 30-year mortgage rate dropping under 6% is now a distinct possibility. The gate is beginning to open for homebuyers who got shut out in October and November when the rates went above 7%. However, there is still a housing shortage and not enough listings."

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