Fannie Sees Growth Slowing, Turns Bearish on Housing

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Fannie Mae’s economists have upgraded their second quarter economic forecast but say that may be about it for the year . In their July forecast, the company’s Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group, headed by Doug Duncan, noted that the expansion just celebrated its ninth anniversary “with a bang.” Economic growth in the second quarter may have approached the high in that expansion that occurred almost three years ago. The outlook for housing has turned bearish. Single-family construction starts were up in May for the fourth time in five months but still lagged the post-crash high of last November. (Fannie Mae’s economists prepared this report before the June data was released wherein housing starts plummeted by more than 12 percent.) Multifamily starts rebounded in May, reversing about…(read more)

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