Mortgage Applications Plummet in Latest Weekly Survey, Lowest Level Since 1997 (Refi Apps Down 86% YoY, Purchase Apps Down 38% YoY)

Well, this isn’t good. But it is consistent with the highest inflation rate in 40 years and The Federal Reserves’ counterattack. Basic mortgage applications are now down to their lowest level since 1997 as mortgage rates rise.

Mortgage applications decreased 4.5 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending October 14, 2022.

The Refinance Index decreased 7 percent from the previous week and was 86 percent lower than the same week one year ago. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 4 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 3 percent compared with the previous week and was 38 percent lower than the same week one year ago.

Bear in mind that these numbers are for the week of October 14, so the home purchase season is in the “house latitudes.” That is, the slow season for home sales. The refinancing applications index has dropped thanks to Fed tightening.