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The Early 1980s: A Tough Time for Home Builders and Mortgage Bankers

This lesson plan teaches students how to calculate the purchase price of a home. With the current housing crisis, students can use this lesson plan to learn about interest rates, housing expenses, inflation, and how the Federal Reserve calculates the price of housing. Students will use advanced math and economics skills to calculate the price of a home based on varying levels of income, taxes, insurances, and other variables. The lesson plan was constructed to calculate the housing crash in the 1980s, but other portions of the activities ask students to calculate for the current day and current dollar value. An excellent primer on how housing costs work.

Published by National Council on Economic Education in 2008

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Grade Level(s):10, 11, 12
Curriculum Areas:Economics
Themes/Keywords: Housing

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