Center for Microeconomic Data

Survey of Consumer Expectations
The December 2020 Survey of Consumer Expectations shows the median home price change expectation increasing sharply to 3.6 percent in December from 3.0 percent in November. The measure has been on an upward trend since reaching a series low of 0 percent in April and is now at its highest level since July 2018. The median inflation expectation rose at the three-year horizon, while remaining unchanged at the one-year horizon. Uncertainty about future inflation increased slightly, remaining elevated in comparison with the pre-COVID-19 period.

For more details:
Press Release: Consumers Expect Higher Home Price Growth and Higher Medium-Term Inflation
Fielding the Survey
The SCE is a nationally representative, Internet-based survey of a rotating panel of approximately 1,300 household heads. Respondents participate in the panel for up to twelve months, with a roughly equal number rotating in and out of the panel each month. Unlike comparable surveys based on repeated cross-sections with a different set of respondents in each wave, our panel enables us to observe the changes in expectations and behavior of the same individuals over time.
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