US Mortgage Applications Fall To Lowest Level Since 1997 As Fed Tightens The Monetary Noose (Purchase Apps DOWN -29% YoY, Refi Apps DOWN -83% YoY)

US mortgage applications dropped to the lowest level since 1997. I wonder if President Biden will invite boring crooner James Taylor back to the White House to sing about the collapsing mortgage market? Perhaps he can sing “Shower The People” and change the lyrics to “Shower ON The People.”

Mortgage applications decreased 1.2 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending September 9, 2022. This week’s results include an adjustment for the observance of Labor Day.

The Refinance Index decreased 4 percent from the previous week and was 83 percent lower than the same week one year ago.
The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 0.2 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 12 percent compared with the previous week and was 29 percent lower than the same week one year ago.

The Bankrate 30-year mortgage rate is now at the highest level since 2008 at the advent of Fed’s QE.

Yes, The Fed has been slow as a sloth in shrinking its balance sheet.

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