The BLS does not consider home prices as part of the CPI. Instead, here is the exact question the BLS uses to determine rent increases: "If someone were to rent your home today, how much do you think it would rent for monthly, unfurnished and without utilities?"
The folks at the Fed do not count a penny of that as inflation. Instead, it's called a capital investment.
Not all of that rise represents inflation. Homes are bigger, with more features and better windows, better layouts etc. That said, the bulk of the rise is indeed a function of inflation.
The Case Shiller index measures repeat sales of the same house. Improvements or degradations may or may not be accurately priced in but the index provides another look at what inflation might be.
Case Shiller Year-Over-Year Increases
In November of 2012, year-over-year inflation topped 5% and from then until now, never dipped below 4.3%. Home price inflation is currently 6.0% rounded to the nearest tenth.
The BLS says shelter is up 3.2%.
The Fed cannot find inflation. It thinks inflation is too low. Collectively, they are crazy.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock