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|For the Week Ending January 27, 2017|
|Equities are rallying. The Dow Jones got the most press this week when it hit a new high of 20,000. The S&P and the Nasdaq reached new highs as well.|
|The Fed will meet next week, although it's not likely we'll see a policy rate increase right now. The Fed has said it will probably raise rates 3 times this year.|
|However, mortgage rates are influenced by bond market movement and are not controlled directly by the Fed. Current economic growth could pressure mortgage rates higher.|
|After 3 straight months of gains, new home sales were down slightly in December. Demand remained strong despite recent slight rate increases.|
|Existing home sales were also down slightly, with the decline being blamed on short inventory. Supply of previously owned homes was at a 17-year low in December.|
|The median price for new homes rose to $322,500, a 7% increase from December 2015. Home sales prices are expected to continue to increase in 2017.|
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