Credit standards are loosening: Buyers may now find it easier to get a mortgage

December 9, 2019 - 1 min read

Getting a mortgage is easier than you think

Worried about qualifying for a mortgage? You might not need to. According to new data, credit standards are actually loosening — particularly on certain loan types.

Loosening credit standards should continue

According to new data from the Mortgage Bankers Association, it’s getting easier to get a mortgage. The MBA’s Mortgage Credit Availability Index rose by 2.1 percent in November, a move that’s “indicative of loosening credit,” the trade group says.

It was third straight month credit standards have loosened, according to Joel Kan, MBA’s associate vice president of economic and industry forecasting.

Additionally, Kan expects credit standards to continue loosening in the New Year.

“Expanding credit availability will continue to support active levels in mortgage lending, even as refinance activity starts to level off,” he said.

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Good news for FHA and jumbo loans

Credit standards are loosening the most on government mortgages, including FHA, VA and USDA loans. The Government MCAI jumped by 2.9 percent for the month.

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Jumbo loans also rose a significant amount, jumping by 2.2 percent and marking an all-time high for these types of mortgages. On conventional loans, the index rose 1.4 percent.

“Most notably, the jumbo index climbed to yet another record high, as investors increased their willingness to purchase loans with lower credit scores and higher LTV ratios,” Kan said. “Additionally, the government index saw its first increase in nine months, driven by streamline refinance programs.”

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Are you thinking of taking advantage of today’s loosening credit standards? Then shop around and see what mortgage rates you qualify for today.

Aly J. Yale
Authored By: Aly J. Yale

The Mortgage Reports contributor

Aly J. Yale is a mortgage and real estate writer based in Houston who has contributed to Forbes and worked for organizations such as <em>The Dallas Morning News</em>, PBS, NBC, and Radio Disney.