Did the Government Shut-down affect the housing market?
Yes, of course it did.
Is it recovering? Yes, buying a home is a good lifetime investment, it gives your family a sense of well being, security and comfort. Additionally, even when the stock market drops the value will eventually come back, as it did a few years ago, everyone felt the extreme drop, but those who kept their homes, found it recovered as well as went up.
The smart market thinking will be to manage your resources by updating and maintenance. Deferred maintenance is lost profits.
At the end of the day, you have more than a non-tax deductible RENT check; and you have returns on your investment.