The End? Home Sellers Are Slashing Prices in Sudden Halt to Fed’s Stimulypto Boom (Dallas, Phoenix AZ And Las Vegas NV Seeing >20% Price Cuts)

As The Fed raises rates in their attempt to wrangle inflation, we are seeing an about-face in the US housing market.

The pandemic-related Fed monetary stimulypto begat a housing boom that is careening to a halt as the fastest-rising mortgage rates in at least half a century upend affordability for homebuyers, catching many sellers wrong-footed with prices that are too high. It’s an astonishing turnaround. Just a few months ago, house hunters felt pushed to make offers within days, waive inspections and bid way above asking. Now they can sleep on it and maybe even shop for a better deal. 

It doesn’t mean real estate is heading for a crash on the order of 2008. But when a market reaches these heights, even a drop toward normalcy will feel steep. And of course, a recession could make everything worse. 

Dallas, Phoenix AZ and Las Vegas NV are leading in the price-slashing derby.

Is this the end for the home price bubble?

Or is the music over with The Fed tightening monetary policy to fight inflation.

Slowing! US Personal Consumption Expenditures Drop To 0.2% MoM In May As PCE Deflator Hits 6.3% YoY (US Mortgage Rates Slip to 5.7%, the First Decline in Four Weeks)

The US economy is slowing as inflation ravages consumers. US Regular Gasoline prices, for example, are up 104% under President Biden which helps to slow the economy.

US personal consumption expenditures fell to +0.2% MoM in May as “inflation” or real personal consumption expenditures PRICES rose +6.3% YoY as The Fed’s balance sheet (aka, Master Blaster!) remains.

As I mentioned above, US regular gasoline prices are UP 103% under President Biden, diesel prices (the cost of shipping goods to markets like … food is up 119% under Biden while CRB foodstuffs is up 55% under China Joe.

Now we have mortgage rates in the US falling for the first time in four weeks. The average for a 30-year loan was 5.7%, down from 5.81% last week, Freddie Mac said in a statement Thursday.

This year’s Fourth of July celebration is going to cost 18% more than last year’s celebration.

Lastly, the Atlanta Fed GDPNow real time tracker for Q2 is showing … -1% GDP “growth.”

So, yes, the US economy is slowing.

Alarm! Fed’s Bullard Says US Recession Fears Overblown With Consumers Healthy (My Response In One Chart: REAL Average Wage Growth At -3.34% YoY, Real GDP Growth At … 0%)

Alarm!

No problemo, says James “Bully” Bullard, President of the St Louis Federal Reserve. Bullard said that US recession fears are overblown with consumers “healthy.”

Really Jim?

Inflation is so bad they REAL average hourly earnings growth keeps falling and is now -3.34% YoY.

Apparently, real GDP growth of ZERO doesn’t bother Bullard either.

Apparently, we are still Under The Thumb of The Federal Reserve.

Four Horsemen! US Consumer Sentiment Plunges To Lowest Level In History (Home Buying Sentiment Falls To Lowest Since 1982) As Inflation And Home Price Growth Rage

What a legacy for Biden/Pelosi/Schumer/Powell, the four horsemen of the inflation apocalypse.

As inflation soars, the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment index plunged to its lowest level in history.

None of the contributions to consumer sentiment are positive.

The good news? The University of Michigan Buying Conditions for housing only fell to its lowest level since 1982.

Speaking of housing, more than 8 million Americans are late on rent as prices increase.

The four horsemen of the inflation apocalypse.

Curly’s Oyster Stew? April Home Prices Grow At 20.9% YoY As Fed Is Slow To Remove Massive Monetary Stimulus (But Watch Out!)

US home prices are still skyrocketing as The Federal Reserve kept its massive foot on the monetary accelerator pedal.

CoreLogic’s home price index grew at a 20.9% YoY pace in April, but is expected to slow to 5.6% YoY in late 2022.

Remember peeps, The Fed still have its staggering monetary stimulypto in place.

The Fed is signaling its withdrawal of stimulus, causing mortgage rates to soar.

Given the slowdown of the US and global economy, we shall see if The Fed keeps to its tightening plans. As of today, the market is expecting The Fed to raise its target rate from 1% to 3.819% by February 2023. That is a 291% increase in The Fed’s target rate.ng

The Fed trying to tame inflation (caused by The Fed and Biden’s energy policies and Congressional spending) is like Curly trying to eat oyster stew.

Alarm! Nasty Inflation Report Leads To No-bid For MBS (Duration Risk Has Extended To 7 From <1 On August 2, 2021 With Rising Inflation)

Alarm!

The CPI news on Friday was so awful that it changed the bond market’s view of Fed trajectory, and the weakest sector broke. In bond jargon, MBS went “no-bid.” No buyers for MBS. Then a few posted prices beyond borrower demand, not wanting to buy except at penalty prices. (Courtesy of Cherry Creek Mortgage)

Despite what Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has said, Friday’s inflation report demonstrated that inflation is no longer transitory. And with that realization, there was a dearth of bidders for Agency Mortgage-backed Securities (Agency MBS) on Friday.

As a result, agency MBS 2.5% dropped to under $90 as markets expect The Fed to keep raising rates to combat inflation.

Duration of the FNCL 2.5% agency MBS has been extending with growing inflation. Duration was under 1 on August 2, 2021 but is now 7 times greater at almost 7.

Note to Yellen: inflation seems be permanent, not transitory. Or at least inflation will remain high for the foreseeable future, crushing the life out of Agency MBS.

AEI’s April Home Price Index UP 17.3% YoY As The Fed And “Slowhand” Powell Keep Monetary Stimulus In Place (Bostic Talking About A Pause?)

All I can say is “Wow.” Tobias Peter and Ed Pinto of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) released their April housing report and it was a doozy. The AEI’s home price appreciation index came in at a blood curdling 17.3% YoY.

The reason why home prices are still raging at 17.3% YoY? The Fed’s monetary stimulypto is STILL in place! The Fed’s balance sheet (green line) is still staggering, and The Fed Funds target rate (white line) is a measly 1%.

Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic is talking about a pause in Fed tightening. Which they haven’t paused yet.

Fed Chair Jerome Powell is really “slowhand,” not Eric Clapton. Bostic is now a member of The Fed’s “Slowhand” strategy.

How The Fed Killed Mortgage Current Coupon Rate – MBS Index, Back To 1985 Levels (As It Tries To Fight Inflation, A Fight It Can’t Win)

As The Federal Reserve tries to fight inflation (it can’t thanks to Federal energy policies and bottlenecks), it is causing a disconnect between mortgage current coupon rate and the MBS index coupon. The disconnect is so bad that it is back to 1985 levels.

The Fed can certainly try to cool inflation, but Biden is intent on raising energy prices (leading to food price increases, and everything else) to shift us to electric cars. So, Biden is unlikely to back off.

So, The Fed is left trying to fight a war against inflation that only Biden can fight.

Meanwhile, the US mortgage market is getting pulverized

Beat The Heat! Mortgage Purchase Applications RISE 5% From Previous Week As Homebuyers Scramble To Beat The Fed’s Monetary Tightening

Yes, homebuyers are jumping into a generally slowing housing market to “beat the heat.” That is, beat The Fed’s monetary tightening.

Mortgage applications increased 2.0 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending May 6, 2022.

The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 5 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 5 percent compared with the previous week and was 8 percent lower than the same week one year ago.

The Refinance Index decreased 2 percent from the previous week and was 72 percent lower than the same week one year ago.

Beat the Heat!! Or Beat The Fed!!

As least inflation came in slightly cooler in April at 8.3% YoY. While housing (own or rent) is rising at over 2x CPI.

Simply Unaffordable! Mortgage Purchase Applications Rise 5% From Previous Week, But Remains DOWN 11% From One Year Ago As Fed Tightens (ARM Share Rises To 9.3%)

Simply unaffordable! US housing, that is. As The Federal Reserve tries to fight inflation caused by Biden’s Medusa-like policies, mortgage rates are soaring and we are seeing an INCREASE in mortgage purchase applications ahead of Fed tightening. Panic in (Fed) Needle Park!

Mortgage applications increased 2.5 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 29, 2022.

The Refinance Index increased 0.2 percent from the previous week and was 71 percent lower than the same week one year ago.

The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 4 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 5 percent compared with the previous week and was 11 percent lower than the same week one year ago.

Adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) share has risen to 9.3% along with mortgage rates.

Between Biden’s energy policies, Congressional Covid relief and seemingly perpetual monetary stimulus from The Fed, we have 20% growth in home prices despite mortgage rates soaring.

And as The Fed is expected to tighten, mortgage rates hit 5.50%.

Is the US housing market addicted to gov? We will find out if and when The Federal Reserve actually tightens monetary policy.