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Mortgage Applications Collapse To New 13-Year Low

Zero Hedge [1]
December 18, 2013

Despite yesterday’s exuberant spike in optimism from the NAHB sentiment index [2] to 8 year highs, the delusion from reality appears to growing ever wider. This morning’s “if we build them, they will buy’em” false headline spike in housing starts (seasonally-adjusted) [3] is yet another delusional divergence as the mortgage applications index collapses (down 60% from 2013 highs) to a new 13-year low.

New 13-year lows in mortgage applications…

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but, hey, seasonally-adjusted we’ll just keep building…

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Charts: Bloomberg