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Why Housing Costs Are So High

By Ryan McMaken, FEE

It’s no secret that in coastal cities — plus some interior cities like Denver — rents and home prices are up significantly since 2009. In many areas, prices are above what they were at the peak of the last housing bubble. Year-over-year rent growth hits more than 10 percent in some places, while wages, needless to say, are hardly growing so fast.

One major factor behind growth in home prices is asset price inflation fueled by inflationary monetary policy.

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