Freddie Mac’s Total Mortgage Portfolio Climbs Upward

Freddie Mac reported a 3.2 percent increase in the total mortgage portfolio for July 2016, according to Freddie Mac’s April 2016 Monthly Volume Summary released this week.

The mortgage-related investments portfolio for Freddie Mac contracted at an annual rate of 3.2 percent in July (which calculates to an over-the-month decline of about $5.24 billion). The contraction left the aggregate unpaid principal balance of the portfolio at $319.2 billion as of the end of July, which is over $20 billion lower than the 2016 cap of $339.3 billion, which is the amount the portfolio must reach by the end of the year as part of its required reduction. Freddie Mac’s fellow GSE, Fannie Mae, met its year-end goal for reducing its mortgage portfolio in March.

The value of Freddie Mac’s mortgage-related investments portfolio has declined by approximately $53.7 billion since the end of July 2015, when the aggregate UPB of the portfolio was $372.9 billion. For the past seven months of 2016, the portfolio has contracted at an average rate of 11.6 percent and has contracted in all but two of the last 13 months (December and January).

Freddie Mac’s single-family refinance-loan purchase and guarantee volume for July was $16.3 billion, which represented 47 percent of total single-family mortgage portfolio purchases or issuances during the month. Relief refinance mortgages comprised approximately 6 percent of Freddie Mac’s total single-family refinance volume in July. The serious delinquency rate on mortgages backed by Freddie Mac remained stagnant from June to July at 1.08 percent.

The number of loan modifications completed on Freddie Mac-backed loans totaled 3,629 in July, which brings the year-to-date total (as of July 31) up to 24,925.

Freddie Mac reported a net income of $1 billion in the second quarter, which was a vast improvement from the loss seen in the first quarter of 2016. The reduction of the mortgage portfolio and the wind-down of the GSEs’ capital buffer, which is required to be at zero by January 1, 2018, is likely to result in more calls for GSE reform as the Obama Administration draws to a close.


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