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  • Mortgage credit availability reaches post-crisis high among GSEs, government lenders

    Lenders continue to increase risk as mortgage rates rise
    Mortgage lenders are opening access to credit as mortgage interest rates continue to rise. Overall, mortgage credit availability declined in the second quarter of 2018, however, the decrease was due to a market shift of more buyers moving to the portfolio channel in the second quarter, which has much tighter lending standards.
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  • Lenders slowly easing credit standards, hits highest level since 2013

    Credit availability still historically low
    Lenders are slowly easing their credit standards as credit risk hit its highest level since 2013, according to the latest Housing Credit Availability Index from the Urban Institute. The increase in the fourth quarter was driven primarily by credit expansions within both government-sponsored enterprises and government channels thanks to higher interest rates and lower refinance volumes.
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  • [Charts] Lenders tighten credit availability in second quarter

    Comes down off first-quarter peak
    Mortgage risk decreased during the second quarter this year, yet data from the Housing Finance Policy Center shows even if the default risk was doubled across all mortgage lending channels, it would still remain within the pre-crisis standard. The drop was due mainly toward a shift away from government channel loans, which are much looser than other lending channels.
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