|For the Week Ending October 24, 2019|
Please enjoy this quick update on what happened this week in the housing and financial markets.
|September's factory orders for big-ticket manufactured goods tumbled by the largest amount in 4 months, indicating continuing struggles in the industry.|
|Stocks improved this week as corporate earnings results helped investors shrug off signs that global growth is losing momentum.|
|Despite an overall slowing economy, jobless claims fell last week. A strong labor market boosts consumer confidence and the economy.|
|The FHFA reports home prices rose 0.2% in August from July and were up 4.6% year-over-year.|
|New home sales fell 0.7% in September, as low inventories continue to weigh on sales. The median new home price is $299,400, an 8.8% drop from a year ago.|
|The latest housing trend is backyard "accessory dwelling units," small second homes used for rentals or additional guest living space.|
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