Mortgage Applications Are Way Down! September 29, 2022

A statement from Joel Kan, the Mortgage Banker’s Association Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forecasting:

“Applications for both purchase and refinances declined last week as mortgage interest rates continued to increase to multi-year highs following more aggressive policy measures from the Federal Reserve to bring down inflation.  Additionally, ongoing uncertainty about the impact of the Fed’s reduction of its MBS and Treasury holdings is adding to the volatility in mortgage rates. The 30-year fixed rate was 6.52 percent, its highest level since mid-2008. After a brief pause in July, mortgage rates have increased more than a percentage point over the past six weeks.”

“With rates now more than double what they were a year ago, the pace of refinancing is running at a 22-year low and last week was more than 80 percent below last year’s level. Similarly, purchase activity was 29 percent lower than a year ago, with higher rates and economic uncertainty weighing on buyers’ decisions.  With the recent jump in rates, the ARM share reached 10 percent of applications and almost 20 percent of dollar volume. ARM loans remain a viable option for qualified borrowers in this rising rate environment,”