|For the Week Ending June 28, 2019|
Please enjoy this quick update on what happened this week in the housing and financial markets.
|The economy grew at a healthy 3.1% rate in the first quarter of this year. However, there are signs growth has slowed sharply in the second quarter.|
|Consumer confidence dropped more than expected in June, reaching its lowest point in nearly 2 years. The escalation in trade tensions may have played a role.|
|Optimism is growing that President Trump and China's Xi Jinping will announce a new round of trade talks after their meeting at the G-20 Summit this weekend.|
|Existing home sales rose in May, boosted by lower mortgage rates. Sales rose to a rate of 5.25 million units in May.|
|May's new home sales grew in all regions except the West. The median price of a newly built home was $308,000, down 2.7% annually.|
|Pending home sales increased in May, 1.1% over April. However, that's still 0.7% lower than a year ago, the 17th straight month of annual declines.|
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