My friend Phill Hall asked me about the state of the US housing market yesterday. My answer? “Chaos.” Why chaos? Here is why: 23 consecutive months of NEGATIVE real wage growth, declining availability of homes for sale, still expensive home prices following the Covid spending surge, and rising mortgage rates as The Fed fights inflation.
And now we have mortgage demand shrinking 4.1% from the previous week according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 31, 2023.
The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 4.1 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased 4 percent compared with the previous week. The Refinance Index decreased 5 percent from the previous week and was 59 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 35 percent lower than the same week one year ago.
Throw in the declining inventory of homes for sales, and we have chaos.
Not to mention 23 consecutive months of negative REAL wage growth.
Well, at least REAL home prices are growing more slowly (-3.86% YoY) than REAL weekly wage growth -1.9% YoY). So much for housing as a hedge against inflation!
But it’s transitory! /sarc
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