Banks May Ease Lending Standards Soon

With fewer home owners refinancing their mortgages because of rising interest rates, banks may soon relax their lending standards to ramp up business, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.

Credit availability has risen 3 percent since May — when mortgage rates began to rise — according to an MBA survey. Refinances have fallen 59 percent from a year ago, but applications for home purchases have risen 5 percent.

In recent years, tight underwriting standards have been blamed on shutting out many people from the housing market. Many potential borrowers have been unable to meet requirements for higher credit scores and larger down payments in order to qualify for a loan….read more

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