|For the Week Ending January 17, 2019|
Please enjoy this quick update on what happened this week in the housing and financial markets.
|The government shutdown, now the longest in U.S. history, hasn't yet slowed down the economy. It is expected to, however, the longer it continues.|
|Economic data has been affected though, with delays on many reports due to closed agencies. This is causing concern for investors and impacting trading.|
|Despite tightening labor markets and the wage pressure that can result, inflation has remained below the Fed's 2% target. This bodes well for interest rates.|
|Homebuilder sentiment improved in January after dropping for the last two months. Lower mortgage rates and higher sales expectations have helped.|
|Reports on monthly housing starts and builder permits weren't released this week due to the shutdown. Estimates indicate a 3% gain over December 2017.|
|A Fed study shows student loan debt plays a significant role in keeping many in the 24 to 32 age group from buying a home.|
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