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The availability of mortgage credit declined slightly last month. The Mortgage Bankers Association said its Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI) dipped 0.2 percent to 181.9 in January. A decline in the MCAI indicates that lending standards are tightening, while increases in the index are indicative of loosening credit. The MCAI has four components, the Conventional MCAI and its two sub-components were responsible for the January decline. The Conventional MCAI decreased 0.5 percent as its Jumbo components fell 0.3 percent and the Conforming MCAI moved 0.9 percent lower. These losses were partially compensated for by the Government MCAI which gained 0.4 percent. “Mortgage credit availability was mostly unchanged to start 2020, decreasing 0.2 percent in January,” said Joel Kan, MBA’s Associate…(read more)

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