US Mortgage Rates Drop Below 7% in Biggest Decline Since July (But MBA Purchase Applications Drop -9.52% WoW, Refi Apps Drop -11.44%)

US mortgage rates fell last week by the most since the end of July, slipping below 7% and helping generate a bounce in purchase applications that otherwise remain depressed, but only in the Seasonally Adjusted data. The NON-Seasonally Adjusted data show a hefty decline.

The contract rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage decreased 24 basis points to 6.9% in the week ended Nov. 11, according to Mortgage Bankers Association data released Wednesday. The group’s index of applications to buy a home rose 4.4% — the most since June — but is still near the weakest level since 2015. 

But the bounce was in Seasonally Adjusted data only. The NON-seasonally adjusted data remained depressed.

Mortgage applications decreased -10.0 percent SA from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending November 11, 2022. This week’s results include an adjustment for the observance of Veterans Day.

The Refinance Index decreased -11.44% percent from the previous week and was 88 percent lower than the same week one year ago. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased -10 percent compared with the previous week and was 46 percent lower than the same week one year ago.

Mortgage purchase applications will continue to fall in NSA terms since it is the Winter and home buying season won’t really start until January. Refinancing applications actually dropped -11.44% even with the drop in mortgage rates.

The data. As my former students know, I like the “raw” data, better known as NON-seasonally adjusted (NSA) data and avoid seasonally-adjusted data (SA) since it hides what is going on.

And on The Fed Futures Front, The Federal Reserve is still looking a hiking their target rate from 4% to just under 5%.

The Gap! US Mortgage Demand Crashes As Fed Tightens (Taylor Rule Estimate Now 13.85% Versus 4.00% Current Target Rate)

The October Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices came out yesterday and its a doozy.

The Net Percentage of Domestic Banks Reporting Stronger Demand for Mortgage Loans is sinking faster than Joe Biden’s oratory skills as The Fed tightens their monetary belts.

Jumbo mortgages, those that are greater than FHFA’s conforming loan limit, are tanking as well.

And today, the University of Michigan (BOOO!!) consumer survey for housing buying conditions fell to the lowest level in recorded history.

Given the latest inflation numbers (improving from disastrous, 8.2% YoY to really horrible, 7.70% YoY), and unemployment rate rising from 3.5% to 3.7%, we now see that Taylor Rule estimate for Fed Funds is now … 13.85%. The US is currently at 4.00%. THAT is a big gap!

Yes, The Fed will not be able to fill the gap between the Taylor Rule and the current Fed Funds Target Rate, without incredible damage being done.

Unfortunately, this is an ACTIVE FAILURE for The Fed which has left monetary stimulus too high for too long since late 2008.

On a personal note, I am glad the midterm elections are over. We saw John Fetterman arguing until he was blue in the face that he loved fracking and will continue to let Pennsylvania frack. Then PA governor-elect Josh Shapiro came out yesterday and said that PA will end all fracking. And we are to believe that Lt Gov Fetterman did not talk with PA Attorney General Shapiro about fracking? To quote Joe Biden, “C’mon man!”

MBA Mortgage Applications Drop 0.5% WoW, Refi Apps DOWN 85% YoY, Purchase Apps DOWN 41% YoY (75 Basis Point Increase In Fed Rate Expected Today, Peaking At 5% In May 2023)

US mortgage applications declined for the sixth consecutive week despite a slight drop in rates.

Mortgage applications decreased 0.5 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending October 28, 2022. This week’s results include revised data to reflect an update to last week’s survey results.

The Refinance Index increased 0.2 percent from the previous week and was 85 percent lower than the same week one year ago. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 1 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 2 percent compared with the previous week and was 41 percent lower than the same week one year ago.

This morning’s WIRP (Fed Funds Futures data) is pointing to a 75 basis point increase from The FED FOMC (open market committee) at 2pm EST, rising to over 5% by the May 2023 meeting before declining again.

I feel like The Fed is fixing to let the economy die.

US New Home Sales Tank -17.6% YoY In September (Declines In 15 Of Last 16 Months) As Rates Soar With Fed Tightening (Median Price Of New Homes Sold UP 7.8% YoY)

Another day, another lousy economic report under Biden.

Today, we found out that new home sales declined -11% MoM (from August to September) and fell -17.6% from last year YoY. With 603k SAAR sold.

The median price of new home sales was UP 7.8% YoY.

Here is the rest of the story as Paul Harvey used to say.

The housing and mortgage markets seem broken. Time for a new approach??

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.

US Mortgage Rates Climb To 7.20% (Highest Since 2000) As Core Inflation And Diesel Prices Soar With The Fed Counterttacking (Mortgage Rates Likely To Rise To 9-9.25% By May 2023)

US 30-year mortgage rates rose to 7.20% yesterday, the highest rate since 2000. Why?

Core inflation is rising and its the highest since 1992. Diesel prices, the all-important fuel for the transportation industry, is rising again after a brief respite and is near the all-time high.

But will mortgage rates continue to rise? That depends on The Federal Reserve. Will they continue to try to combat inflation (largely caused by … The Federal Reserve and voracious Federal spending under Biden/Pelosi/Schumer (The Three Amigos).

As of today, investors in Fed Funds Futures are pointing to a peak of Fed tightening in May 2023, then a slow decline in rates.

While this is The Fed Funds rate, it is likely that mortgage rates will continue to rise to May 2023 then level out at 9%-9.25%.

I really miss teaching college students. An example of a test question I gave was the first chart: who was The President when all hell broke loose (pink box)? 1) Joe Biden, 2) Donald Trump or 3) Millard Fillmore?

The answer, of course, is Joe Biden.

Doesn’t Millard Fillmore, the 13th President of the United States, look like actor Alec Baldwin after too many cheeseburgers and chocolate milkshakes at In-N-Out Burger?

Bear in mind that the are numerous wildcards in play, like the Russia/Ukraine war and the probability the China will invade Taiwan in the near future.

US 1-Unit Housing Starts Plunge -18.5% In September As Liquidity Grinds To A Halt (Multifamily Starts DOWN -13.11%)

Liquidity is a big deal for the housing and mortgage markets.

Unfortunately, M2 Money YoY (liquidity) is shrinking fast and 1-unit (single family detached) starts dropped -18.5% in September.

This is not surprising given the decline yesterday in the NAHB market index.

Even multifamily (5+ unit starts) were down -13.11% in September.

Mortgage Applications Plummet in Latest Weekly Survey, Lowest Level Since 1997 (Refi Apps Down 86% YoY, Purchase Apps Down 38% YoY)

Well, this isn’t good. But it is consistent with the highest inflation rate in 40 years and The Federal Reserves’ counterattack. Basic mortgage applications are now down to their lowest level since 1997 as mortgage rates rise.

Mortgage applications decreased 4.5 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending October 14, 2022.

The Refinance Index decreased 7 percent from the previous week and was 86 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 38 percent lower than the same week one year ago.

Bear in mind that these numbers are for the week of October 14, so the home purchase season is in the “house latitudes.” That is, the slow season for home sales. The refinancing applications index has dropped thanks to Fed tightening.

US Mortgage Rates Rise To 7.04% As Housing Market Chills (WTI Crude And Gasoline Prices On The Rise Again As Biden Fails To Convince OPEC To Pump More Oil)

Under “Nuclear Joe” Biden, the US is truly the land of confusion.

As the Biden Administration touts “affordable housing,” we are seeing the 30-year mortgage rate rise above 7% as The Federal Reserve fights inflation … caused by the Biden Administration. Meanwhile, US home prices are falling.

The Biden Administration launched a war on domestic energy production, resulting in crude oil prices rising 74% under Biden and regular gasoline prices rising 62.4%.

As Biden pleaded with OPEC to increase oil production, he was embarrassingly rejected. Hence, West Texas Crude Oil prices have begun to rise again along with gasoline prices (pink box).

How about unemployment and the 10yr-2yr yield curve?

Chain Gang! US Mortgage Rates Rise for Seventh Week to Highest in 16 Years (Basic Mortgage Applications Fall To May 1997 Levels, Refi Apps DOWN 86% YoY, Purchase Apps DOWN 37% YoY)

In addition to creating the highest inflation rate in 40 years, we are now seeing the highest mortgage rate in 16 years. I feel like we are all on a chain gang.

(Bloomberg) — US mortgage rates jumped to a 16-year high of 6.75%, marking the seventh-straight weekly increase and spurring the worst slump in home loan applications since the depths of the pandemic.

In fact, mortgage application just fell to the lowest level since May 1997.

The contract rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage rose nearly a quarter percentage point in the last week of September, according to Mortgage Bankers Association data released Wednesday. The steady string of increases in mortgage rates resulted in a more than 14% slump last week in applications to purchase or refinance a home.

Over the past seven weeks, mortgage rates have soared 1.30 percentage points, the largest surge over a comparable period since 2003 and illustrating the abrupt upswing in borrowing costs as the Federal Reserve intensifies its inflation fight. 

The effective 30-year fixed rate, which includes the effects of compounding, topped 7% in the period ended Sept. 30, also the highest since 2006.

The Refinance Index decreased 18 percent from the previous week and was 86 percent lower than the same week one year ago. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 13 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 13 percent compared with the previous week and was 37 percent lower than the same week one year ago.

Here is today’s table of MBA mortgage applications and its ugly.

Meanwhile, the politicians in Washington DC are twisting the night away while the rest of the nation suffers.

Unfortunately for the US chain gang, gasoline prices are rising again as the US drains its petroleum reserve. Because, that’s the way … uh-huh … they like.