Monday, November 27, 2006

To keep blogger status

I gave a seminar on urban economics today at the George Washington Institute for Public Policy. I learned that to be a true blogger, I must post at least once a month, so here I am.

I am trying to figure out how soft the housing market has gotten. One of the problems--the two best known data sets for looking at house prices--the NAR median house price set and the OFHEO repeat sales index--are moving in opposite directions. The NAR data probably reflect the way the assign regional weights for determining house prices, but there are still cities where the NAR data show price declines, while OFHEO shows increases.

More tomorrow.