Freddie Mac Announces First Seriously Delinquent Loan Sale of 2015

In the first bulk sale of seriously delinquent mortgage loans from its portfolio in 2015, Freddie Mac announced on Tuesday it has auctioned off 1,975 deeply delinquent non-performing loans with an aggregate unpaid balance of approximately $392 million.

The loans that were sold in the auction were an average of three years delinquent on mortgage payments, according to Freddie Mac, meaning that the borrowers for all the loans are all likely in some stage of mitigation – either loan modification, a foreclosure alternative such as a short sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure, or actually in foreclosure. Loans that were modified and later became delinquent made up about 24 percent of the aggregate pool, according to Freddie Mac.

The loans were offered as three separate pools. The winning bidder for both Pool No. 1 and Pool No. 2 was Pretium Mortgage Credit Partners/Loan Acquisition, LP. The winning bidder on Pool No. 3 was Bayview Acquisition, LLC.

Pool No. 1 included 752 non-performing loans with an aggregate unpaid balance of $136.2 million and a broker price opinion loan-to-value of 74 percent; Pool No. 2 included 468 non-performing loans with an aggregate UPB of $102.4 million and a BPO LTV of 100 percent; and Pool No. 3 included 755 non-performing loans with an aggregate UPB of $153.1 million and a BPO LTV of 135 percent. According to Freddie Mac, the average loan size on the aggregate of the three loan pools was $198,400, and the average note rate was 5.39 percent. The aggregate weighted average LTF was 96.1 percent of the property value based on BPOs, according to Freddie Mac. The winning bidders must meet certain servicer qualification requirements.

Freddie Mac first announced the auction for these three pools of deeply delinquent loans on January 21, with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse and The Williams Capital Group acting as advisors for the transaction. The conservator for both Freddie Mac and its fellow GSE, Fannie Mae, is requiring the two Enterprises to reduce the number of delinquent loans in their portfolios. Fannie Mae has yet to sell any of its delinquent loans in bulk quantity; Freddie Mac sold its first bundle of delinquent loans for $659 million in July 2014.

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