Home buyer credit expiration sinks mortgage applications by 27%
Anyone who thought the housing market might be able to continue its positive trend without the home buyer credit got a swift dose of reality today. The Mortgage Bankers Association reported that mortgage applications for home purchases fell off a cliff, declining by 27% last week to a level not seen since May 1997. Clearly, the housing market is already missing the home buyer credit. For a little perspective, consider mortgage applications for new purchases since 1990.