Economists believe growth in the third quarter has slowed to around 2.2 to 2.5 percent but, economists also think that there will be a modest acceleration in activity for the final three months of the year. “Overall outlook on the U.S. economy for the remainder of the year remains fairly optimistic, supported by continuing consumer spending, improvements in the housing sector and solid manufacturing numbers,” said Jim Baird, chief investment officer for Plante Moran Financial Advisors.
As a matter of fact, a headline in Friday’s S.A. Express News read, “Pace of new-homes sales soars.” The article continued to state that buoyed by steady job gains and low mortgage rates, Americans purchased new homes in August at the fastest pace in more than seven years. New-home sales surged 5.7 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 552,000 homes, the Commerce Department reported on Thursday.
To help matters, average long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this last week following the Federal Reserve’s decisions to keep interest rates at record lows for now. Freddie Mac said the average rate on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage fell to 3.86 percent from 3.91 percent a week earlier. The rate on a 15-year fixed rate mortgage dropped to 3.08 percent from 3.11 percent for the same time period. If you know of someone that is just in the thinking stage of entering the housing market, now would be a wonderful time for them to get more serious.
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