Monday, August 01, 2016

Fed Survey: Banks tightened Standards on Commercial Real Estate, Residential Real Estate demand strengthened

by Calculated Risk on 8/01/2016 02:22:00 PM

From the Federal Reserve: The July 2016 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices

Regarding loans to businesses, the July survey results indicated that, on balance, banks tightened their standards on commercial and industrial (C&I) and commercial real estate (CRE) loans over the second quarter of 2016. The survey results indicated that demand for C&I loans was little changed, while demand for CRE loans had strengthened during the second quarter on net.

Regarding loans to households, banks reported that standards on all categories of residential real estate (RRE) mortgage loans were little changed, on balance, except for those eligible for purchase by government-sponsored enterprises (known as GSE-eligible mortgage loans), for which a moderate net fraction of banks reported having eased standards, and for subprime residential mortgages, for which a moderate net fraction of banks reported having tightened standards. Banks also reported, on net, that demand for most types of RRE loans strengthened over the second quarter. In addition, banks indicated that changes in standards on consumer loans were mixed, while demand strengthened across all consumer loan types.
In addition, banks continued to report in the July 2016 SLOOS that the levels of standards for all types of RRE loans are currently tighter than the midpoints of the ranges observed since 2005. Moreover, banks indicated that consumer loans to subprime borrowers are currently still tighter than their midpoints, while consumer loans to prime borrowers are currently easier than those reference points.
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