Quote of the day

Wednesday, April 12, 2006 | 06:36 PM


"Home sales are in the process of reversing all the gains of the past two years and reverting to 2003 levels."

- Robert Mellman, economist, J.P. Morgan

The WSJ's Afternoon Report reports that mortgage apps sank 5.5% last week; According to the The Mortgage Bankers Association,  applications for purchase fell 4.7%, while refis slid 6.6%.

Not coincidentally, borrowing costs ticked higher: the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage is 6.50%, while the one-year Treasury adjustable-rate mortgage rose to 5.97%. These are the highest rates have been since April 2001.


Trade Reprieve
Tim Annett
WSJ, April 12, 2006 12:34 p.m.

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Two years, huh?

Seems the homebuilders at least have a ways left to go.

Posted by: wcw | Apr 12, 2006 7:14:19 PM

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