Freddie Downgrades Economic Forecast but Bullish on Housing

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Like virtually all the experts, including those at the Federal Reserve, Freddie Mac’s economists have reduced their expectations for economic growth . The company’s March forecast is for growth in the first quarter of 2019 to shrink to 1.2 percent. They do see it regaining its footing later in the year, but it will still decelerate from 2018 to 2.0 percent this year and 1.8 percent in 2020. They blame the first quarter retrenchment on a decline in residential fixed investment, consumer spending, and the effects of the partial government shutdown in January. The economists see a brighter picture for the real estate market , with the significant decline in mortgage rates since last fall being one of the main drivers of improvement. The forecast is for existing home sales to bounce back and trend…(read more)

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