Mortgage Purchase Applications Plunge 10% WoW At End Of 2021 (But It Happens Every Year!)

The last mortgage purchase applications index from the Mortgage Bankers Association was released this morning. The headline is “Mortgage Purchase Applications Plunge 10% WoW (since the previous week). But this is called “Seasonality.” And it happens EVERY YEAR.

Here is a chart of mortgage purchase application (NON-seasonally adjusted). What will happen when the new year starts and purchase applications began rising?

Whether seasonally-adjusted or not, all number are down for the final week of 2021, except for the 30-year mortgage rate that rose 60 basis points.

On a seasonally-adjusted basis (aka, smoothed-out), we can see the impact of super-low mortgage rates on home prices.

Here is the data summary for the last week of December 2021. All indices are down … except for the 30 year mortgage rate which was up 60 basis points.

So let’s see what 2022 brings with The Fed threatening to shrink the balance sheet and raise their target rate 3 times. As Parks and Recreation’s Joan Calamezzo said, “We’ll see.”

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