Sing a song of home prices

Earlier this week, NPR’s Planet Money wanted to do a piece on the latest monthly home price data using the Case-Shiller Home Price Index. The index is useful because, as NPR notes, you can see the boom-bust cycle of the U.S. housing market in one simple graph. That, however, doesn’t do much good on radio.

So NPR converted the graph to musical notes and recorded them being sung by an opera singer. The result is a fascinating audio representation of key housing markets. Houston isn’t in the Case-Shiller index, but in this case, Dallas probably sets a similar tone.

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About The Author

Loren Steffy is the business columnist for the Houston Chronicle. His column appears in on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. He is also the author of "Drowning in Oil: BP and the Reckless Pursuit of Profit," and "The Man Who Thought Like a Ship."