Apartment List put together an explainer on how housing costs factor into inflation and where housing inflation might be heading. But the topic is even a bit more elusive than the explanation.

Inflation—commonly measured by the Consumer Price Index, or CPI—is a complex topic. The government measures the ongoing costs of a “market basket of consumer goods and services,” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The collection can change over time and prices are checked in many different geographic locations. The single number is an average, so not necessarily the real experience of any one household. 

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