NEW YORK (Reuters) - Availability of U.S. home loans fell in June as some investors stopped making certain type of adjustable-rate mortgages, the Mortgage Bankers Association said on Monday.
The Washington-based group’s mortgage credit available index fell 1.3 percent to 119.8 last month.
A rise in the index suggests lending standards are tightening, while a decline signals lending standards are loosening.
“Credit availability decreased over the month driven primarily by a decrease in availability of conventional conforming loan offerings,” said Lynn Fisher, MBA’s vice president of research and economics in a statement.
A number of investors in particular discontinued their conventional high balance seven-year adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) programs but left their five-year and 10-year ARM programs unchanged, Fisher said.
Reporting by Richard Leong; Editing by Bernadette Baum