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Asking Fannie and Freddie whether to rent or buy

Kai Ryssdal Dec 14, 2010

This final note today, which comes with a shout out to our friends at Planet Money. Ever wonder why the American real estate market is so messed up?

Here’s one: Fannie Mae has a calculator on its website that helps people decide whether it makes sense to rent a place or to buy a house. You enter your data, it spits out the answer. Which is great, except for this: Until just recently, the calculator assumed home prices would never go down.

It’s been fixed.

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