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Credit Access Retreats Back to Six-Year Lows

Posted To: MND NewsWire

Lenders, responding to increasing unemployment rates and other risks, tightened lending standards in May, sending the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA’s) Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI) into a tailspin. The index dropped 3.1 percent to 129.3, the lowest level in six years. All four of the MCAI components moved lower, indicating tighter underwriting standards. The Conventional MCAI decreased 5.7 percent, while the Government MCAI decreased by 0.8 percent. Of the component indices of the Conventional MCAI, the Jumbo MCAI decreased by 4.4 percent, and the Conforming MCAI fell by 6.9 percent. “Mortgage lenders in May responded accordingly to the increased risk and uncertainty in the economy. Credit availability continued to decline, with MBA’s overall index now at its lowest level…(read more)

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