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Access to mortgage credit increased again in January. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) said its Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI) rose 2.0 percent to 124.6. A decline in the MCAI indicates that lending standards are tightening, while increases in the index are indicative of loosening credit. The two components of the Conventional MCAI posted significant increases. The Conforming MCAI jumped 7.7 percent and the Jumbo component was up 2.2 percent, pushing the parent index up 4.8 percent compared to December. This was slightly offset by an 0.1 percent decline in the Government MCAI. "The growth in credit availability in January coincides with a housing market that is poised for a strong start to the year . Improvements were driven by the conventional segment of the mortgage market
Access to mortgage credit increased again in January. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) said its Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI) rose 2.0 percent to 124.6. A decline in the MCAI indicates that lending standards are tightening, while in... (read more)
Mortgage delinquencies are continuing a slow retreat into pre-pandemic territory. CoreLogic's Loan Performance Report for November put the percentage of loans that were 30 or more days past due, including those in foreclosure at 5.9 percent. While th... (read more)
CPI and 10yr Auction Make a Case For a Near-Term Rate Ceiling
NOTE: charts look weak this morning despite strong MBS due to THE ROLL. See the 2nd half of the Day Ahead for another useful chart. Bonds st... (read more)
Consumers expressed more positive sentiments toward the housing market as 2021 arrived, sending Fannie Mae's Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI) a bit higher. The most significant gains came from increased optimism about the climate for selling a ho... (read more)
Mortgage Rates were steady to slightly lower yesterday even though prevailing trends in the bond market suggested caution. Today's trading is a different story. Granted, there haven't been any huge, dramatic moves, but today's bond market weakness ad... (read more)
Here we are in the seemingly 58 th week of 2020. What’s new? The podcast of today’s commentary features thoughts from the Millennial host on how lenders can address that market, and it can be heard via Apple , Spotify , or Google : subscr... (read more)
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