|The Fed voted not to raise policy rates at this week's meeting, but did signal that they may raise rates at December's meeting if economic improvement continues.|
|Jobless claims were up slightly, but layoffs were at a 5-month low. A strong non-farm payroll report could fuel speculation that the Fed will raise rates in December.|
|Consumer spending is up and factory orders rose for the 3rd straight month. As the economy heats up, inflation could become an issue and bring higher rates.|
|Although construction spending was down slightly in September, most of the drop was nonresidential. Spending on residential construction was up 0.5% for the month.|
|Mortgage purchase applications were down slightly from the previous week, but were up 9% compared to the same week in 2015.|
|First-time buyers represent 35% of homebuyers overall, according to a recent NAR survey. That's the highest percentage since 2013 (38%).|
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