After marathon on-and-off negotiations, the House and Senate—and the Trump Administration—finally agreed this week on a $908 million, 5,500-page economic stimulus bill, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.
No record-low interest rates this time, but the 30-year fixed rate was low enough to attract another push of refinance applications for the second straight week, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported this morning in its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending December 18.
Low housing inventories finally caught up with November existing home sales, which fell for the first time in five months, the National Association of Realtors reported yesterday.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis yesterday said its third (final) estimate of third quarter gross domestic product saw real GDP increase at an annual rate of 33.4 percent. This is up slightly from the first and second estimates that took place in October and November, respectively, and reflect more complete source data.
The Conference Board, New York, said its Consumer Confidence Index declined in December, the second straight monthly decline economic uncertainty following a resurgence in the coronavirus pandemic.