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Is Homeownership Still The American Dream?

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Markets In A Minute for week ending March 8, 2019: Is Homeownership still the American Dream?

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The Economy

  • A U.S./China trade deal may be close, after months of trade disputes. If a deal is signed, it could put some pressure on rates, as stocks may rally on the news.
  • The ECB statement this week reinforced concerns about a global economic slowdown. Weak global economies have helped to keep rates low here at home.
  • Private payrolls were up 183,000 in February, according to ADP. Unemployment claims last week were down, pointing to strong labor market conditions

Housing news by Laura Borja

  • Construction spending unexpectedly fell in December, after an increase in November. Only part of the drop was for private residential projects though.
  • New home sales hit a 7-month high in December, the highest level since May 2018. Mortgage rates are hovering near a 12-month low.
  • A recent survey showed over 79% of Americans still believe that homeownership is a vital component to achieving the American Dream.


“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”

–Lyndon B. Johnson

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