The Federal Reserve and Elvis Presley
As part of “Quantitative Easing,” the Fed purchased $1.02 TRILLION worth of “Agency MBS securities” (aka home mortgages) in the open market. The Fed will complete their purchases within the next 90 days. As the chart above shows, they will have purchased a total of $1.72 TRILLION of securities including $1.25 TRILLION home mortgages.
Putting this in perspective:
In 2009, home buyers borrowed a total of $1.01 Trillion. ( See: http://www.sifma.org/research/pdf/Mortgage_Related_Issuance.pdf for the data.)
The Fed has purchased EVERY new home loan made in 2009, and they pegged mortgage rates at an entirely arbitary yield !
Ladies and Gentlemen: The Federal Reserve has left the building!
Once the Fed steps back from the mortgage market, the “free” market will re-price home mortgage rates…presumably at higher yields. Rocky doesn’t know if the upward move in mortgage rates will be violent or gradual, but it will happen — and it will dwarf the effect of Congress’ homebuyer tax credits. It behooves homebuyers to bear this in mind when they consider when to lock in a mortgage rate.
[Disclosure: Rocky acknowledges that the one Elvis reference in this post was weak. So he’ll add a second one: Elvis said, “The only thing worse than watching a bad movie is being in one.”]