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How Incomes are Impacting Housing


The newest numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics weave a familiar tale. Industry experts cut through the numbers to reflect on the effect of the current jobs market on the housing industry.

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Rate Hike Incoming?

Though the Federal Reserve has indicated a third 2017 rate hike in their latest projections, recent happenings could delay the increase until the end of 2018.

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Experts Say Fed Minutes Could Signal Hike

The Federal Reserve will release the minutes of its April meeting on Wednesday afternoon, and if industry experts are on track, they could point to another rate hike on the horizon. Regional Federal Reserve Presidents Neel Kashkari, Robert Kaplan and James Bullard have all weighed in on the issue. The Fed previously raised rates from 0.75 points to 1 in March.

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Fed Keeps Rate As-is Amid Economic Optimism

Despite sluggish economic growth in Q1 and the widely held assumption that the Fed would raise rates at least two more times this year, the Federal Open Market Committee opted to keep the federal funds rate as is at its May meeting. Raised in March, the rate currently sits at 1 percent. The Committee cited job gains and lower unemployment as factors in its decision.

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GDP Adds Fuel to the Fed’s Fire

The Bureau of Economic Analysis reported an upward revision to the first quarter gross domestic product, which some industry experts believe will not only signal better growth in the second quarter, but also motivate the Fed to raise rates.

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