Mortgage Purchase Applications Fall 4% From Previous Week, Mortgage Refi Applications Fall 5.35% With Increasing Mortgage Rates

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.

The Scream! Buffett Indicator Sky High Along With Home Prices As Money Printing Has Goes Wild!!

The Scream! Out-of-control money printing, dead money velocity and collapsing purchasing power of the dollar.

(Bloomberg) — With U.S. equity indexes rising to fresh records again this week, one of Warren Buffett’s most-famous catchphrases comes to mind: Investors should “be fearful when others are greedy.”

Any Buffett disciple who checks in on the billionaire investor’s favorite market valuation metric these days may get the urge to shriek in terror.

And then there are home prices at 38% higher than the peak during the 2005 housing bubble.

Here is what causing me to shriek in terror. Out-of-control money printing, dead money velocity and collapsing purchasing power of the dollar.

Home Price Growth Accelerates To 11.2% YoY As Fed Throws Gas On The Housing Bubble (Lumber Prices Have Over TRIPLED In 1 Year)

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.

US Pending Home Sales Decline -10.6% MoM In February (And -2.7% YoY) As Mortgage Rates Rise

Well, the data for pending home sales is for February (the dead of winter).

But US pending home sales MoM fell -10.60% and -2.70% on a YoY basis. As mortgage rates start their long-predicted rise.

Let’s hope that March is better. And UCLA beat Michigan in NCAA basketball (March Madness), so things are looking up!