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High-LTV Programs Lift Mortgage Availability in December

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reported Thursday that its Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI) edged up to a reading of 115.7 in December. The clear driver behind the increase was an announcement earlier in the month that both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are launching new 97 percent loan-to-value (LTV) mortgage programs for qualifying homebuyers, said Mike Fratantoni, MBA's chief economist.

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Americans’ Economic Confidence Grows, but Housing Doubts Persist

Out of a group of 1,000 Americans polled in Fannie Mae's December National Housing Survey, 41 percent said they now believe the economy is "on the right track," up from 36 percent in November, the company reported. In contrast to December's slightly more positive economic attitudes, consumer sentiment toward the housing market remained subdued for another month.

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Mortgage Denials Point to Much Tighter Market

In a report released Tuesday, researchers at the Urban Institute (UI) say that previous "traditional" observations of mortgage denial rates (calculated by dividing the number of denied mortgages by the total number of applications) provide an inaccurate look at credit availability because they include applicants with near-perfect credit profiles—those who are unlikely to be turned down for most products, in other words.

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Lenders Boost Credit Availability for Jumbo Loans

The Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Mortgage Credit Availability Index nudged up 1.2 percent in November, totaling 114.6 for the month. MBA's chief economist, Mike Fratantoni, said last month's uptick mostly came from the addition of jumbo loan programs that allow cash-out refinancing.

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Lenders: Increasing Mortgage Availability Not Worth Regulatory Risk

In a poll conducted by the Collingwood Group throughout October, 71 percent of mortgage lenders said the odds of them lowering credit score requirements for borrowers are between "somewhat" and "extremely unlikely," with several saying they feel their standards are already relatively low and that they generally follow the credit parameters set by agency investors.

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Mortgage Credit Availability Falls in October

Access to mortgage credit tightened in October, according to a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). The group's Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), a gauge of credit access based on borrower traits and underwriting trends, fell 2.5 percent last month to a reading of 113.2.

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Pending Home Sales Nudge Up in September

The National Association of Realtors' (NAR) Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking gauge of home sales based on contract signings, ticked up 0.3 percent to 105 from August's 104.7, the group reported. Compared to a year ago, the index climbed 1 percent—the first yearly increase in 11 months.

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