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Despite Economic Headwinds, Housing Market is a Bright Spot for Economy

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The macroeconomic picture in the U.S. continues to battle economic headwinds—namely a September jobs report that came in below expectations and an appreciating dollar which will pressure the already growing U.S. trade deficit, Fannie Mae said. Yet, housing remains in a fairly positive zone, considering all of the factors weighing it down.

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Housing Market Sentiment Rises to Near-Record High

The index showed that four of the six components questioned posted net positive gains. The Good Time to Sell component increased 13 points in September compared to the prior month, with 52 percent indicating that it was a good time to sell, up five percentage points from last month.

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GDP Growth Revised Up to 3.9 Percent for Final Q2 Estimate

In the second estimate for Q2 released in August, real GDP grew at an annual rate of 3.7 percent; in the "advance estimate" released at the end of July, it grew at a rate of 2.3 percent. In the third and final estimate for Q1, GDP growth was a mere 0.6 percent, way below expectations.

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Will the Housing Market Be Doomed if the Fed Raises Rates?

According to the CME Group's FedWatch Tool, which measures the market's expectations of Fed target rates on a daily basis, there is a 74.7 percent chance of the Fed raising rates by 0.25 percent this week. On the other hand, the FedWatch data found that there is a 25.3 percent chance of the Fed raising rates by 0.50 percent.

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U.S. Homebuyers Have Become More Diversified

Millennials or generation Y (age 35 and under), which is the demographic many analysts have said will be critical for the future health of the housing market, comprised 32 percent of all buyers – the largest share of homebuyers for any age group.

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