MBA: October Mortgage Credit Rises

MBA NewsLink Staff

November 07, 2017

Mortgage credit availability decreased slightly in October, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported this morning.  

The MBA Mortgage Credit Availability Index decreased by 0.2 percent to 181.0 in October. Of the four component indices, the Jumbo MCAI saw the greatest decrease in availability over the month (down 2.0 percent), followed by the Conventional MCAI (down 1.0 percent). The Government MCAI (up 0.3 percent) and Conforming MCAI (up 0.2 percent) both increased from last month.  

"Credit availability decreased only slightly in October and has been relatively flat for the year to date," said MBA Vice President of Research and Economics Lynn Fisher. "While government and conforming credit programs saw slight increases in availability in October, a moderate decrease in the number of investor jumbo offerings resulted in a decrease in the total index."  

The MCAI analyzes data from Ellie Mae's AllReg Market Clarity business information tool. 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.  

Expanded Historical Series

The Total MCAI has an expanded historical series, which gives perspective on credit availability going back 10 years (expanded historical series does not include Conventional, Government, Conforming or Jumbo MCAI). The expanded historical series covers 2004 through 2010, and was created to provide historical context to the current series by showing how credit availability has changed over the past 10 years--this includes the housing crisis and ensuing recession. Data prior to March 31, 2011, was generated using less frequent and less complete data measured at six-month intervals and interpolated in the months between for charting purposes. Methodology on the expanded historical series from 2004 to 2010 has not been updated.  

About the Mortgage Credit Availability Index

The MCAI provides the only standardized quantitative index solely focused on mortgage credit.  

The MCAI is calculated using several factors related to borrower eligibility (credit score, loan type, loan-to-value ratio, etc.). These metrics and underwriting criteria for more than 95 lenders/investors are combined by MBA using data made available via the AllRegs Market Clarity product and a proprietary formula derived by MBA to calculate the MCAI, a summary measure which indicates the availability of mortgage credit at a point in time.  Base period and values for total index is March 31, 2012=100; Conventional March 31, 2012=73.5; Government March 31, 2012=183.5.  

To learn more about the Ellie Mae AllRegs Market Clarity platform visit http://answers.allregs.com/MCAI-Market-Clarity. For more information on the Mortgage Credit Availability Index, including Methodology, Frequently Asked Questions and other helpful resources, visit www.mba.org/MortgageCredit or contact MBAResearch@mba.org.

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