Transcripts of the monetary policymaking body of the Federal Reserve from 2002–2008.

I would just add a comment on the house-price side. I would say that a year and a half or two years ago we were very skeptical about house prices having more frothy characteristics. We are quite happy to see a slowing in house-price appreciation. House prices have moved high relative to rents, and I think we are a little less confident about those being at full equilibrium. If anything, we would be a little worried about the risks of a sharper deceleration. It is quite rare for aggregate national house prices actually to turn down, but I don’t think we could rule out a period of extended flatness in real estate prices going forward. And that would put more pressure on household balance sheets than is incorporated in the baseline forecast.

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