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Freddie's Single-Family Mortgages Grow to 4.08% Delinquent

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Delinquent mortgages continue to mount at government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) Freddie Mac (FRE). The delinquency rate of Freddie's single-family mortgages grew 5bps from January to 4.08% in February. That's up almost double from 2.13% at the same time last year. The delinquency rate among multifamily mortgages grew 2bps to 0.17%. Freddie announced in February it would buy "substantially all" the 120+ day delinquent single-family mortgages in participation certificate (PC) pools. According to new data (download here), the unpaid principal balance of 30-year fixed-rate mortgages in Freddie's 120+ day delinquency bucket totals $5.8bn. Freddie holds another $1.54bn of adjustable-rate mortgages in its 120+ day delinquent bucket. Freddie's new figures come after sister GSE Fannie Mae (FNM) reported its serious delinquency rate grew to 5.52% in February. Freddie's total mortgage portfolio decreased at an annualized rate of 2.6% in February. Its refinance-loan purchase and guarantee volume remained at $22.6bn, unchanged from January. The new numbers came in a week after Timothy Geithner, secretary of the US Treasury Department, stressed the need of a process that would reform the GSE’s and remove “the umbrella of public protection” before Congress. Write to Diana Golobay. Disclosure: the author holds no relevant investment positions.

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