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Q1 Economic Slowdown Does Not Deter Freddie Mac’s Positive Forecast for Housing

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Freddie Mac's April prediction for GDP growth of 2.6 percent is a slight decline from March's forecast of 2.8 amid disappointing incoming data from the first quarter and harsh winter weather. This did not put a damper on Freddie Mac's overall forecast for housing, however. In fact, the title of the report, "Great Expectations," indicated that analysts at Freddie Mac still believe 2015 will be the best year for housing since the pre-recession days.

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Housing Grabs 15 Percent of Q4’s GDP Growth

In the third estimate for the nation's fourth-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) growth recently released, housing retained a 15.25 percent share of the 2.2 percent GDP growth, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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Fannie Mae: Economic Growth Slows in Q1; Economy Still Expected to ‘Drag Housing Upward’

The temporary factors that slowed economic growth include a drawdown in inventory, unusually high snowfall in some parts of the country, and the West Coast port slowdown. Fannie Mae expects the reducing of those factors in the second quarter combined with upbeat labor market conditions and positive consumer and business fundamentals to push GDP growth to 2.8 percent in 2015, ahead of 2014's pace of 2.4 percent.

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Freddie Mac Economist Expects Best Year for Housing Since ’07

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Freddie Mac Deputy Chief Economist Len Kiefer, who will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming Five Star Government Forum in Washington, D.C., on March 18, predicted in Freddie Mac's March 2015 Economic and Housing Market Outlook that the coming year would be the best for housing since 2007, immediately prior to the crash.

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Leading Economic Indicators Grow at Moderate Pace

Manufacturing growth slowed from December to January, according to an early February report from the Institute for Supply Management. Meanwhile, permits for future home construction dropped 0.7 percent month-over-month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.05 million, the Commerce Department said.

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Analyst Says Nation’s 5.6 Percent Unemployment Rate is Misleading

While the Obama Administration is touting monthly job gains consistently averaging more than 200,000 and a labor market that they say is at its healthiest level since the turn of the century, at least one analyst says that the recently reported national unemployment rate of 5.6 percent may not be telling the complete story.

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