Slowing! Mortgage Purchase Applications Down 2% From Previous Week, Down 8% From Same Week Last Year (Bankrate’s 30Y Mortgage Rate Rises To 4.46%)

Mortgage applications decreased 1.2 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 11, 2022.

The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 1 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 2 percent compared with the previous week and was 8 percent lower than the same week one year ago.

The Refinance Index decreased 3 percent from the previous week and was 49 percent lower than the same week one year ago.

Bankrate’s 30-year mortgage rate has surged to 4.46%.

Here is a photo of alligators in Great Falls, Virginia, up-river from Washington DC. They are likely congregating for the Fed Open Market Committee (FOMC) announcement today.

Not, Not, Not! Mortgage Purchase Applications Declined 9% YoY For Week Ending February 25, 2022 (Refi Applications Drop 56% YoY)

While Corelogic’s January home price index was hot, hot, hot (UP 19.1% YoY), today’s mortgage applications index for the week ending February 25, 2022 was not, not, not.

Mortgage applications decreased 0.71 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 25, 2022.

 The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 1.76 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 1.16 percent compared with the previous week and was 9 percent lower than the same week one year ago.

The Refinance Index increased 1 percent from the previous week and was 56 percent lower than the same week one year ago.

Yes, the mortgage industry is going through some difficult times. But not as difficult as trying to understand Biden’s State of the Union address: “Putin may circle Kyiv with tanks, but he’ll never gain the hearts and souls of the Iranian people.” Huh?

And then Biden’s closing remark was “Go get ’em!” What? Go get whom? The Russians? Inflation? Trump supporters?? I feel like Biden thought the SOTU was the annual Army-Navy football game.

Slowing! Mortgage Purchase Applications DOWN 12% YoY (Mortgage REFI Applications DOWN 50% YoY)

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released their weekly mortgage application survey this morning. Mortgage applications decreased 8.1 percent from one week earlier, for the week ending February 4, 2022.

The Refinance Index decreased 7 percent from the previous week and was 52 percent lower than the same week one year ago. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 10 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 3 percent compared with the previous week and was 12 percent lower than the same week one year ago.

And mortgage refinancing applications are down 50% since the same week last week.

Here are the stats. Pretty much down across the board.

Given a slowing mortgage market, I designate The Office’s Kevin Malone as the face of the market with rising interest rates.

Alarm! US 30-year Mortgage Rates UP 100 Basis Points Since Jan 4, 2021, REAL 30-year Rate Is Now -3.2% (And UP 57 BPS Since Dec 31, 2021)

Alarm!

US 30-year mortgage rates are up 100 basis points and climbing since January 4, 2021. Most of the increase has occurred since the turn of the year into 2022. According to the Bankrate 30-year mortgage rate index, the 30-year rate is up 57 basis points just since December 31, 2021 as the benchmark 10-year Treasury yield rises.

Bear in mind that the REAL 30-year mortgage rate is now -3.2%. Get it while you can!!

Given today’s surprise jobs report, The Fed now has a green light to raise rates.

To quote Van Morrison and Them, “Here Comes The Night” for the housing and mortgage market.

US New Home Sales Crash -14% YoY In December As Median Price Slows To +3.4% YoY (Mortgage Applications Decline As Mortgage Rates Increase)

US new home sales spiked in December by 11.9% from November, but were down 14% year-over-year.

But the median price of new home sales (YoY) declined to 3.4%.

The Midwest saw a surge in new home sales (+56%).

The MBA’s mortgage applications index shows declining purchase applications (-1.83%) and declining refinancing applications (-12.60%) as mortgage rates increased from 3.64% to 3.72% for the week of 01/21.

Now, mortgage purchase applications rose for the week of 01/21 if we used non-seasonally adjusted data.

Mortgage Purchase Applications Rise 51.2% From Previous Week Despite Rising Mortgage Rates (Refi Apps Up 42.77%)

US mortgage purchase applications rose 51.2% from previous week, despite mortgage rates rising.

Of course, the first weeks of most years see large increases in mortgage purchase applications.

Mortgage refinancing applications were up 42.77% from the previous week.

Here is the MBA data.

So, the US housing market is off to a fast (and hot) start to 2022.

Mortgage Purchase Applications Plunge 10% WoW At End Of 2021 (But It Happens Every Year!)

The last mortgage purchase applications index from the Mortgage Bankers Association was released this morning. The headline is “Mortgage Purchase Applications Plunge 10% WoW (since the previous week). But this is called “Seasonality.” And it happens EVERY YEAR.

Here is a chart of mortgage purchase application (NON-seasonally adjusted). What will happen when the new year starts and purchase applications began rising?

Whether seasonally-adjusted or not, all number are down for the final week of 2021, except for the 30-year mortgage rate that rose 60 basis points.

On a seasonally-adjusted basis (aka, smoothed-out), we can see the impact of super-low mortgage rates on home prices.

Here is the data summary for the last week of December 2021. All indices are down … except for the 30 year mortgage rate which was up 60 basis points.

So let’s see what 2022 brings with The Fed threatening to shrink the balance sheet and raise their target rate 3 times. As Parks and Recreation’s Joan Calamezzo said, “We’ll see.”

US Mortgage Purchase Applications UP 3.24% From Previous Week As Mortgage Rates Rose To 3.30% (But Purchase Applications Down 9.3% From Same Week Last Year)

Mortgage purchase applications rose 3.24% from the previous week, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association. However, purchase applications are down 9.3% from

Mortgage refinancing applications declined -1.57% from the previous week as mortgage rates rose from 3.23% to 3.30%.

Fed Inferno? Mortgage Purchase Applications Rise 1.87% From Previous Week, But Down 10% From Same Week Last Year

Yes, the super-heated housing market is showing signs of slowing down.

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), mortgage purchase applications rose 1.87% from the previous week. However, purchase applications are down 10% from the same week last year.

Refinancing applications dropped -.48% from the previous week as the 30-year mortgage contract rate rose from 3.14% to 3.18%. Refi apps are up 6% from the same week last year.

As rates begin to rise, mortgage refi applications will decline.

With the Atlanta Fed GDP tracker showing GDP growth slowing to 0.5%, we are starting to see the beginning of a Fed inferno.

Here is Biden’s Press Secretary Jen Psaki!

More Housing Inventory is Coming! 850,000 Borrowers Will Exit Forbearance Between August and October (Will The Fed And Biden/HUD/Congress Take Action?)

The ball is in the court of The Fed, the Biden administration (HUD) and Congress. Will they take action?

There will be more housing inventory hitting the market soon. As home prices are up and most are no longer in negative equity situations, some will decide to sell into this hot market. Obviously not paying your mortgage for 12, 14, 16, or even 18 months is a nice bonus that party is coming to an end.

Zillow’s research found that most are not going to bring their mortgage current. Assume someone took a forbearance and their monthly mortgage cost was $2,000 per month, some may be behind by up to $36,000 when the forbearance period ends. Okay, well what if you can’t make it current? You can defer the payments to the end of the mortgage but you still owe that and many got used to not even paying the regular monthly payment. So a sizable portion will be selling

Here is Black Knight’s Scheduled Forebearance Plan expirations.

Could this be the end of the 16.6% YoY growth rate in home prices? Or will Congress and/or The Biden Administration extend the forbearance? Or will The Fed expand their balance sheet even further??

Will the Biden Administration come to the rescue?