Although some investors are still holding tight to credit standards, mortgage credit availability loosened last month, according to a recent Mortgage Bankers Association report. The MBA concluded that the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI) increased 0.5 percent to 122 in April. Of the index’s four components, Government lending saw the greatest easing and was up 1.1 percent over the month. The Jumbo index increased of 0.8 percent and the Conforming index saw an increase of 0.2 percent. The Conventional index decreased 0.6 percent. It appears the increase was driven by new offerings of FHA’s 203(k) home improvement program, new VA offerings and new jumbo products. The increase was partially offset by some investors tightening underwriting criteria on conventional cash out offerings.” Joining me today to discuss alternative mortgage lending is Lee Janc, a Strategy and Business Development Executive for the Financial Service Industry and Eric Morgensen of Angel Oak Home Loans. Angel Oak Home Loans serves both the Retail and the Wholesale markets and specializes in non-conforming products.