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Mortgage credit loosens for most loan products

Mortgage credit eased slightly in the November, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reported.

MBA’s credit availability index increased by 0.8 percent over the October reading, reaching a level of 182.4. The index was benchmarked in March 2012 at 100 when credit was especially tight.

Of the four component indices, the jumbo index saw the greatest increase in availability (up 3.8 percent), followed by the conventional (up 2.8 percent), and the conforming index (up 1.8 percent). The government index fell 0.7 percent.

"Mortgage credit availability increased in November driven by a net increase in investor offerings," said Lynn Fisher, MBA’s vice president of research and economics. "While the number of offerings for government backed programs--FHA/VA/USDA--declined modestly, conventional offerings increased more strongly over the month among both jumbo and conforming programs."  


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