|For the Week Ending March 21, 2019|
Please enjoy this quick update on what happened this week in the housing and financial markets.
|The Fed did not raise policy rates at this month's FOMC meeting. Based on Fed projections, we likely won't see another Fed rate hike until 2020.|
|Jobless claims fell to 221,000 last week. That's a 4-week low, as the labor market tightens further following the 5-week government shutdown.|
|Inflation continues to hover below Fed expectations, contributing to concerns about a slowing economy. Low inflation can help keep mortgage rates low.|
|Home builders remain optimistic about the housing market as mortgage rates continue to fall. Lower rates can make mortgage payments more affordable.|
|Mortgage applications rose 1.6% over the previous week, helped by lower rates. The average loan size set a record for the 3rd week in a row, reaching $327,500.|
|A recent report shows that staging not only results in a quicker sale but also may increase a home's value. The most important room to stage? The living room.|
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