The battle against inflation gets another win as August rent prices fall
In the August inflation report, there were a few major categories that kept inflation stubbornly high: Food and housing costs.
Housing costs — which include rent — are a large portion of the inflation index (~1/3) and are a major reason why inflation is still so high.
So it’s a good thing that rent prices fell in August.
- Per Realtor’s August Rental Report, the U.S. median rental prices fell for the first time in nearly a year.
- The median asking rent was $1,771 — down $10 from July.
Manhattan rent prices were also flat last month — a rare occurrence since August is typically one of the highest months of activity. Data sets from other real estate companies also show similar declines.
But one month of data doesn’t indicate a trend.
This could be a head fake as higher interest rates make housing less affordable — which could continue to drive up rent prices.
- But there’s no doubt that the housing market is slowing — with home sales, prices and listings all falling in August.
- This brings us one step closer to ending the Fed’s aggressive rate hikes. But the other driver of August’s high inflation — food prices — remains a wild card.