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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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Housing Sentiment Drops Amid Economic Concerns

The index found that 63 percent of respondents indicated that now is a good time to buy a home, up 2 percentage points from last month, while 47 percent said that now is good time to sell a home and 44 percent say it's a bad time.

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GDP Growth Rises to 3.7 Percent for Second Q2 Estimate, But is the News All Good?

Q2's real GDP growth is consistent with the positive news for most housing metrics as of late. Existing home sales are at pre-recession levels, and in the July 2015 pending home sales report released Thursday by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), pending home sales were up by 7.4 percent year-over-year. Affordability and tight inventory remain obstacles to home sales, however.

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