Center for Microeconomic Data

March Survey: Expectations about home, gas, and rent price changes all reached new series highs in March. Inflation expectations extended an upward trend, reaching 3.2 percent at the one-year horizon and 3.1 percent at the three-year horizon.
(posted Apr 12)
Annual Survey: Consumers anticipate a 5.1 percent rise in local home prices over the year ahead. That’s up from 3.7 percent last February (largely before COVID-19). Five-year-ahead home price growth expectations averaged 2.0 percent (annualized), steady with the past two years.
(Posted Apr 5)

Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit
Total household debt increased by $206 billion (1.4 percent) to $14.56 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2020, driven in part by a steep increase in mortgage originations. Mortgage balances—the largest component of household debt—surpassed $10 trillion in the fourth quarter.
(posted Feb 17)

Liberty Street Economics
Housing is the largest asset owned by most households, yet there is limited understanding of how households view housing as an investment. Liberty Street Economics takes a look at several questions including what factors households consider when making an investment choice between housing and financial assets.
(Posted Apr 5)
February Survey: The application rate for any type of credit over the past twelve months rebounded to 45 percent, led by a series-high rate for mortgage refinancing applications. Rejection rates for credit card applications and card limit requests increased, while those for auto loans fell.
(posted Mar 15)
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