Mortgage applications decreased 5.1 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 2, 2021.
The Refinance Index decreased 5 percent from the previous week and was 20 percent lower than the same week one year ago. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 5 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 4 percent compared with the previous week and was 51 percent higher than the same week one year ago.
Mortgage refinancing applications SWDA are down 5.35% from the previous week due to mortgage rate increases.
FHA mortgage purchase applications were flat for the week for 4/2/21 while VA mortgage purchase applications were down -6..234% for the week of 4/2/21.
But the FHA Purchase Applications index is 24.7% higher than the same week last year while the VA Purchase Applications index is 16% higher.
Financial markets are topsy-turfy after the Covid panademic struck.
The Federal Reserve rode to the rescue and increased their balance sheet by $3.5 trillion in just 13 months (white line). While some would think that the US Treasury 10-year yield would fall, … it has been going up from 0.543% on March 9, 2020 to 1.726% today (blue line).
Gold initially shot up in price following The Fed’s massive asset purchases (gold line), but has tapered off. While Bitcoin (electric green line) has risen to $57,664.77.
And the S&P500 index is soaring with Fed stimulus.
S&P/Case-Shiller released the monthly Home Price Indices for January (“January” is a 3 month average of November, December and January prices).
The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index, covering all nine U.S. census divisions, reported an 11.2% annual gain in January, up from 10.4% in the previous month. The 10-City Composite annual increase came in at 10.9%, up from 9.9% in the previous month. The 20-City Composite posted an 11.1% year-over-year gain, up from 10.2% in the previous month.
Phoenix, Seattle, and San Diego continued to report the highest year-over-year gains among the 20 cities in January. Phoenix led the way with a 15.8% year-over-year price increase, followed by Seattle with a 14.3% increase and San Diego with a 14.2% increase. All 20 cities reported higher price increases in the year ending January 2021 versus the year ending December 2020.
Las Vegas NV is the slowest growing city in terms of prices, but still at 8.5% YoY. Even tax-heavy Chicago posted an 8.9% YoY gain in prices.
Yes, The Federal Reserve is throwing gas on the housing bubble.
And lumber prices have over tripled in the last year.
And then there is FHFA purchase-only home price index growing at 12% YoY.
M1 money stock is growing at a whopping 357% year-over-year as M1 velocity has collapsed to an anemic 1.22.
M2, a broader measure of money, is growing at 27.1% year-over-year with a dismal velocity of 1.135.
Since velocity equals GDP divided by money, The Federal Reserve had better hope that GDP does increase with the trillions that the Biden Administration is throwing at the problem. But since higher taxes won’t be realized for at least a year, there will be even more money printing.
The Treasury markets are getting blasted like in Mel Gibson’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.
(Bloomberg) — The popularity of one Federal Reserve overnight deposit facility has surged as investors look for shelter from negative rates in short-term markets, which are under unusual pressure over quarter-end thanks to the flood of cash in the system.
Usage of the overnight reverse repurchase facility surged to $104.7 billion on Tuesday, the most since last April, according to data from the New York Fed. It pays an overnight rate of 0% — well above the minus 0.05% available at Tuesday’s close in the general collateral market — helping to temporarily reduce the quantity of reserve balances in the banking system.