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Happy lenders, happy housing market

Fannie Mae’s quarterly Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey finds lenders’ optimism for healthy housing market is being rewarded with positive gains

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Thanks to increased purchase mortgage demand and loosening credit standards, mortgage lenders are optimistic about the near-term housing market, according to Fannie Mae’s second-quarter 2015 Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey. According to the survey, the share of lenders reporting increased mortgage purchase demand in the last three months climbed again this quarter, reaching 77 percent for government-sponsored enterprise (GSE)-eligible loans and 65 percent for government loans. The share of lenders reporting increased demand expectations fell this quarter from last quarter, but remains at a high level -- above the 2014 readings -- and may reflect some seasonality influences, according to the survey. Senior mortgage executives are particularly optimistic about future home prices. This quarter, the share of lenders expecting home prices to rise over the next 12 months reached a survey high of 70 percent, the survey found. The survey also concluded that the strict cred...