US Mortgage Applications Decline -1.71% WoW, Lowest Level Since 1997 As Fed Continues Its Counterattack (Refi Apps DOWN 86% YoY, Purchase Apps DOWN 42% YoY)

As The Federal Reserve continues to withdraw its massive Covid-related monetary stimulus, US mortgage applications continue to fall to the lowest level since 1997.

Mortgage applications decreased 1.7 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending October 21, 2022.

The Refinance Index increased 0.1 percent from the previous week and was 86 percent lower than the same week one year ago. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 2 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 3 percent compared with the previous week and was 42 percent lower than the same week one year ago.

Under Biden, we have seen (orange line) a significant decline in mortgage purchase applications (peak 2021 to this week). Mortgage rates are the highest since 2001 (wait for it!)

Here is Jerome Powell of The Federal Reserve Board of Governors trying to figure out what to do after so many policy errors with increasing likelihood of recession while trying to withdraw monetary stimulus.