Mortgage Applications Rise

It is no surprise that mortgage applications are rising. What is surprising is how small the increase is. Last week, applications went up just 4.1%.

Why are mortgage applications going up? Because mortgage interest rates are dropping.

Why aren’t mortgage applications going up faster? Because there’s not much demand in the economy. People with money are afraid to commit their funds. The business economic outlook is bleak. President Obama has created great uncertainty about his plans and the smart money wants to stay liquid.

Perhaps if we replace Barack Obama with a Republican president, we might get businesses hiring again.

Mortgage apps and refinance apps are well below what they were a year ago when mortgage interest rates were higher.

The more I hear Barack Obama, the more I hear Jimmy Carter. Obama keeps saying it is not my fault.

He’s right. It is our fault for electing him in the first place.

The president’s message is that he’s had bad luck on the economy. He refuses to take responsibility for our economic doldrums and he has no plans to turn things around.

Half of Americans think we’re still in a recession. If this has been a recovery over the past two years, oy vey! I’d hate to see what an Obama recession will look like.

Report: Mortgage loan application volume increased 4.1% on a seasonally adjusted basis for the week ended Aug. 12 from the prior week, the Mortgage Bankers Association said Wednesday.

The refinance index jumped 8% week over week as loan rates fell, but remained 16.3% lower year over year.

About Luke Ford

Raised a Seventh-Day Adventist at Avondale College in Australia, Luke Ford moved to California in 1977. He graduated from Placer High School in 1984, reported the news at KAHI/KHYL radio for three years, attended Sierra College and UCLA, was largely bedridden by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for six years, and converted to Judaism in 1993. From 1997-2007, Luke made his living from blogging. Living by Beverly Hills (, he now teaches the Alexander Technique (moving the way the body likes to move). Lessons cost $100 each and last about 45 minutes. In 2011, Luke completed a three-year teaching course at the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles. His personal Alexander Technique website is Luke is the author of five books, including: » The Producers: Profiles in Frustration » Yesterday’s News Tomorrow: Inside American Jewish Journalism
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