Home-Purchase Index Plunges

So much for the Housing Rebound:

“Mortgage applications to purchase homes in the U.S. plunged last week to the lowest level in almost nine years as Americans waited for the outcome of deliberations to extend a government tax credit.

The Mortgage Bankers Association’s index of applications to buy a house dropped 12 percent in the week ended Nov. 6 to 220.9, the lowest level since Dec. 2000. The group’s refinancing gauge rose 11 percent as interest rates decreased, pushing the overall index up 3.2 percent.

The drop in buying plans points to the risk that the recent stabilization in housing will unravel without government help. In a bid to sustain the recovery, Congress passed and the administration signed a bill last week to extend jobless benefits and incentives for first-time homebuyers, adding a provision that also made funds available to current owners.”

If stabilization comes only through government subsidies and artificially propped up home prices, is it truly stabilization?


Home-Purchase Index in U.S. Plunges to Lowest Level Since 2000
Bob Willis
Bloomberg, Nov. 12 2009

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