Why Residential Mortgage Rates Won’t Rise Over The Next Two Years (Ultra Bond Futures Trading At An Ultra Premium)

Mortgage lenders should rejoice at the continuing low level of 30-year mortgage rates and the 10-year Treasury yield.

The Covid-crisis can be seen in the following chart, starting in January 2020. It has been all downhill since January 1st in terms of rates and yields. With the exception of the blip in the Freddie Mac US Mortgage Market Survey 30 Year Homeowner Commitment rate around March 19, 30-year mortgage rates are barely above 3%.

The US Ultra Bonds futures price continues to trade at an ultra-premium.

The ultra premiums in ultra bond futures indicates that the Covid shutdowns are likely to return. Or continue to ravage the economy. And endless interference in markets by The Federal Reserve.

US Housing Starts 1-Unit Decline 17.8% YoY In May Despite Historic Fed Stimulus (Covid-19 Shutdown Damage)

US 1-unit housing starts declined 17.8% YoY in May, another indicator of the damage done by the economic shutdown due to the Covid-19 epidemic.

1-unit housing starts YoY are back to 2006 levels where the ALT-A / subprime virus struck with far more damage.

Notice that The Federal Reserve didn’t react with rate cuts until Q4 2007 that continued through 2008. Notice that the US is back to 25 basis points again, but with 7.09 TRILLION on their balance sheet … and all we get is -17.8% YoY decline.

Meanwhile, mortgage purchase applications have rebounded nicely.

MBA purchase applications have rebounded nicely despite the government shutdown. But in spite of the historic (or hysteric) monetary stimulus from The Federal Reserve, the US in no where the housing bubble years.

Time for more snake juice?

Here is a video of Fed Chair Jerome Powell trying to cope with the blowback from Covid-19.

Mortgage Purchase Applications Rise 9% YoY Even With COVID-19!

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, the Refinance Index decreased 0.2 percent from the previous week and was 176 percent higher than the same week one year agoThe seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 9 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 7 percent compared with the previous week and was 9 percent higher than the same week one year ago.

Mortgage refinancing applications declined slightly by -.23% despite near historic low mortgage rates.

Take that, COVID-19!

What Virus? MBA Mortgage Applications SOAR With Rate Declines (Particularly Refi Apps Up 55.43% WoW)

If you are watching panic at the Bank of Japan, European Central Bank, and Bank of England, you would think that the Spanish Flu from 1918 that killed between 17 and 100 million people was back.


While we watch the DJIA shed another 800 points in the first 30 minutes of trading, mortgage applications for last week skyrocketed as is there was no coronavirus.

Mortgage applications rose 55.43% from the preceding week. Refinancing applications rose 78.585 (NSA) while mortgage purchase applications rose 7.21%, far less than refinancing applications.


Here is a chart of refinancing applications as mortgage rates tumble.


Let’s see what happens with existing home sales in the next report.