Article Attachment

The attached file contains this articles commentary as well as tables and charts of the data.
Download Attachment

Mortgage Apps: Headed for Record Lows?

August 24, 2022
Bottom Line:  After declining for much of July and through the first half of August, mortgage rates jumped higher last week, sending mortgage applications lower again. Already historically depressed with most existing mortgage borrowers holding mortgages below 4%, the refinance index fell nearly 3%. The purchase application index fell slightly. The average 30-year mortgage rate was 5.85% last week, and with secondary mortgage market prices notably lower this week, the rate for most borrowers is likely over 6% this week. Overall, the trend in mortgage applications suggests that the slowdown in housing has continued through August. It appears that purchase application volume will fall towards levels seen in 2015, possibly hitting record lows later this year.
The MBA Mortgage Application Index
FELL slightly , DOWN -1.2% to 270.0, BELOW the 13-week average of 293.0 and -63.4% BELOW the year-ago level. Non-seasonally adjusted the index FELL slightly , DOWN -2.5%.
The Purchase Index was nearly unchanged, DOWN -0.5% to 203.0, BELOW the 13-week average of 218.0 and -21.2% BELOW the year-ago level.
The Refinancing Index FELL -2.8% to 610.0, BELOW the 13-week average of 678.0 and -82.7% BELOW the year-ago level.
The effective (adjusted for points paid) 30-year mortgage rate ROSE sharply , UP 23bps to 5.85%, ABOVE the 13-week average of 5.82% and 88bps ABOVE the year-ago level.
Current coupon yields in the secondary market were up 32.0 bps last week , closing at 4.36%, and were up 14.0 bps this week through Tuesday.
Article by Contingent Macro