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Could home prices be cooling?

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Markets In A Minute for week ending August 31, 2018: Are home prices cooling?

Markets In A Minute
This week in Markets in a Minute we take a look at home prices, consumer confidence and home sales.

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The Economy, home prices

  • Consumer confidence was expected to slip in August. However, it was at its highest level since October 2000 as it built on July’s solid measure.
  • Consumer spending also increased strongly in July, pointing to solid economic growth. Inflation rose too, which could pressure rates higher in the future.
  • Although jobless claims were up slightly last week, the underlying trend points to a robust labor market. The jobs market is viewed to be at or near full employment.

Housing news by Laura Borja

  • Case-Shiller data for July shows that although home prices are increasing, it’s at a slower rate. Prices rose in June at the slowest monthly pace in almost 2 years.
  • Pending home sales were down slightly in July, the 7th straight month of annual declines. NAR says tight supply and increasing prices are to blame.
  • Home buyers are looking for better digital resources to speed up the mortgage and home buying process. However, they also say they still want a human touch.

The Last Laugh

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Rate movements and volatility are based on published, aggregate national averages and measured from the previous to the most recent midweek daily reporting period. These rate trends can differ from our own and are subject to change at any time.

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