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Home Sales, Housing Starts Expected to See Significant Growth in 2015

Employment grew at a rate higher than the national average (3 percent, as opposed to 2 percent) for the 25 to 29 age group, which is good news for housing, because this age group is the key first-time homebuyer segment. Steadily falling oil prices, which are down 45 percent since June, provide more economic growth tailwind going into next year. The drop in oil prices reduces energy-related expenses not just for driving, but for residential real estate also, according to Khater.

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Consumer Confidence Makes Comeback Heading Into Holidays

November's reading had been a disappointment for the Consumer Confidence Index following a post-recession high of 94.5 for October. The Present Situation Index jumped up to 98.6 in the latest reading from its November level of 93.7, while the Expectations Index fell slightly from 89.3 down to 88.5.

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Labor Market Conditions Improve in October

The Federal Reserve's Labor Market Conditions Index (LMCI) rose 4 points last month, the central bank reported, matching September's revised improvement. The index covers 19 separate indicators, including the national unemployment rate, average hourly earnings, and the transition rate from unemployment to employment.

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Job Growth More Responsible Than ‘Rebound Effect’ for Home Price Gains

The highest home price gains for July 2014 were in the Midwest and South, and those gains are more likely a result of job growth as opposed to other market influences, according to the Trulia Price Monitor. Average month-over-month gains for the top 100 U.S. markets were 0.8 percent for July after a 1.2 percent increase for June, the company reported.

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