WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mortgage credit availability decreased in June, according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) which analyzes data from Ellie Mae’s AllRegs® Market Clarity® business information tool.

The MCAI decreased 1.3 percent to 119.8 in June. A decline in the MCAI indicates that lending standards are tightening, while increases in the index are indicative of loosening credit. The index was benchmarked to 100 in March 2012. Of the four component indices, the Conventional MCAI saw the greatest tightening (down 2.4 percent) over the month followed by the Conforming MCAI (down 1.8 percent), the Jumbo MCAI (down 0.9 percent), and the Government MCAI (down 0.3 percent).

“Credit availability decreased over the month driven primarily by a decrease in availability of conventional conforming loan offerings,” said Lynn Fisher, MBA’s Vice President of Research and Economics. “In particular, a number of investors discontinued their conventional high balance 7 year adjustable rate loan programs (agency jumbo ARM) while leaving their 5 year and 10 year ARM programs unchanged.”

Total MCAI

Source: Mortgage Bankers Association; Powered by Ellie Mae’s AllRegs® Market Clarity®

CONVENTIONAL, GOVERNMENT, CONFORMING, AND JUMBO MCAI COMPONENT INDICES

MBA now reports on five total measures of credit availability as part of the monthly MCAI release: the Total Mortgage Credit Availability Index, the Conventional Mortgage Credit Availability Index, the Government Mortgage Credit Availability Index, the Conforming Mortgage Credit Availability Index, and the Jumbo Mortgage Credit Availability Index, with historical data back to 2011.

Of the four component indices, the Conventional MCAI saw the greatest tightening (down 2.4 percent) over the month followed by the Conforming MCAI (down 1.8 percent), the Jumbo MCAI (down 0.9 percent), and the Government MCAI (down 0.3 percent).

Conventional MCAI June 2015 Government MCAI June 2015
Conforming MCAI June 2015 Jumbo MCAI June 2015

Source: Mortgage Bankers Association; Powered by Ellie Mae’s AllRegs® Market Clarity®

MCAI Historical

Source: Mortgage Bankers Association; Powered by Ellie Mae’s AllRegs® Market Clarity®

 

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