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Mortgage Credit Availability Increases in May

June 5, 2014

WASHINGTON, June 5 -- The Mortgage Bankers Association issued the following news release:

Mortgage credit availability increased in May according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) which analyzes data from the AllRegs Market Clarity product.

The MCAI increased 1.14 percent from 113.8 in April to 115.1 in May. A decline in the MCAI indicates that lending standards are tightening, while increases in the index are indicative of a loosening of credit. The index was benchmarked to 100 in March 2012.

Mortgage credit loosened somewhat in May, partially as a result of a slight increase in the availability of jumbo loans. Another component was the action by some investors to lower credit score requirements on FHA loans.


The MCAI now has an expanded historical series which gives perspective on credit availability going back 10-years. 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 last 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 6-month intervals and extrapolated in the months between for charting purposes.


The MCAI provides the only standardized quantitative index that is 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 over 85 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 value for all indexes is March 31, 2012=100.

To learn more about the AllRegs Market Clarity platform click here: For more information on the Mortgage Credit Availability Index, including Methodology, Frequently Asked Questions and other helpful resources, please click here or contact

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