Please enjoy this quick update on what happened this week in the housing and financial markets.
- The Fed left rates unchanged at May’s FOMC meeting but expressed faith in the strength of the economy. Markets now anticipate a June increase to be likely.
- Recent jobs data supports the view of a strong labor market. Unemployment hit a 17-year low, and a tightening labor market could support a Fed rate increase.
- Manufacturing, which accounts for about 12% of the economy, continues to recover. Factory orders were up 5.2% from a year ago
- A strong housing market has NAR raising their forecasts. Existing home sales are now expected to rise by 3.5%, and home prices likely will increase 5% this year.
- Housing starts have been in gradual recovery mode the last few years. In 2016, starts were at 1.23 million units.
- Homes with a view can sure fetch a premium. Some cities like NY and San Francisco boast a price increase of 39% to over 200% for properties with a view.
- I got fired at work today. My boss said my communication skills were awful. I didn’t know what to say to that.
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