|For the Week Ending December 6, 2018|
Please enjoy this quick update on what happened this week in the housing and financial markets.
|The yield on 5-year Treasury bonds slipped below the rate on 2-year Treasuries, called an 'inversion.' Inverted yield curves could be a sign of a future recession.|
|Mortgage rates improved this week as stocks tumbled and bonds rallied. Concerns the economy is cooling off could help rates continue to improve.|
|The trade deficit widened more than forecast in October to the highest in a decade. This underscores continued fallout from the China-U.S. trade dispute.|
|CoreLogic reports homeowners with negative equity declined by 81,000 in the 3rd quarter. The average homeowner gained $12,400 in home equity year over year.|
|Luxury home builder Toll Brothers reported its first decline in quarterly orders in more than 4 years. It's thought rising interest rates and home prices were to blame.|
|Buyers are spending more time trying to find the perfect home, often 3 months or longer. However, most buyers say they refuse to give up and will keep looking.|
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