On July 25, the CEO of D.R. Horton addressed shareholders in an earnings conference call, and said explicitly that rising interest rates are draining the market of home buyers, and that the rapid rate rise is an unexpected shock to the industry.
Rising interest rates is the biggest fear the Federal Reserve has had since their implementation of quantitative easing, and six years after bringing Fed rates down to almost 0, the market is now breaking upwards on its own. This uncontrolled rise in rates means that central bank polices have crossed over the technical line, where priming the monetary pump no longer provides the shelter against inflation and currency devaluation.
Since the Housing Bubble and credit crisis of 2007/2008, the Fed has been primarily seeking to rebuild the housing and stock markets, under the illusion that wealth gained there would trickle down into all parts of the economy. Unfortunately, when you use old tools and programs for new crises, the end result is what we have seen over the past six years... a temporary Band-Aid to stem a flood that is not only virulent, but has grown much worse because of the Doctors proscribed medicine.