Mortgage Demand Drops To 22-Year Low

Between June 10 and 17, 11 publicly traded mortgage companies saw their market value decline by a combined $6.14 billion. According to a HousingWire examination of stock data, corporate valuations were reduced 17.4% to $29 billion as investors abandoned the sector.

The list of those businesses is below:

Finance of America Companies Inc FOA

Flagstar Bancorp Inc FBC

Home Point Capital Inc HMPT

LoanDepot LDI

Mr Cooper Group Inc COOP

New Residential Investment Corp. NRZ

Ocwen Financial Corporation OCN

PennyMac Financial Services Inc PFSI

Rocket Companies Inc RKT

UWM Holdings Corp UWMC

What HappenedAccording to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey, mortgage applications fell by 6.3% from just one week earlier, reaching the lowest level since 2000.

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The National Association of Realtors noted existing home sales dropped from 5.41 million in May to 5.12 million in June. This was the greatest reduction in four months and the fifth consecutive month of declines. The consensus expectation called for 5.38 million. Moreover, it represented the fewest monthly sales since June 2020.

Additional data suggests the demand for larger homes and lower rates triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic is dramatically slowing down due to the Federal Reserve raising of interest rates.

“Purchase activity declined for both conventional and government loans as the weakening economic outlook, high inflation and persistent affordability challenges are impacting buyer demand,” said Joel Kan, an economist for the MBA.

The MBA’s reference rate for 30-year mortgages has risen from around 3.30% at the beginning of 2022 to 5.82% as of last week — this raises a typical monthly payback check by hundreds of dollars.

Median existing-home pricing for all housing types in June was $416,000, up from $280,700 in March of 2020, a more moderate increase than the S&P Global REIT national benchmark for all home sales, which was up over 21% in May, marking 124 consecutive months of year-over-year increases, the longest streak on record.

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