|For the Week Ending September 29, 2017
Please enjoy this quick update on what happened this week in the housing and financial markets.
|President Trump released his plan for tax reform this week, which is expected to stimulate economic growth. A hotter economy could contribute to higher rates.|
|Consumer confidence fell slightly in September, despite a strong labor market. The decline is likely temporary and due mainly to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.|
|The economy grew a bit faster than previously estimated in the 2nd quarter, with a GDP of 3.1%. Consumer spending was also strong for the 2nd quarter.|
|Home prices are still on the rise, with Case-Shiller reporting increases of 5.9% in July. Strong demand and tight inventory continue to drive up prices.|
|New home sales were at an 8-month low in August. Part of the blame can be placed on weather, which held back completion of homes under construction.|
|Pending home sales were down slightly in August, 2.6% less than July, largely due to low inventory. Demand continues to overwhelm supply in most markets.|
|Have you heard the rumor going around about butter? Never mind, I shouldn’t spread it.
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