Fannie's Serious Delinquencies Nears 5% in November
After mortgage giant Freddie Mac (FRE) reported a 13% drop in mortgage purchases in November, Fannie Mae (FNM) shows its book of business declined at an annualized rate of 6.7% in the same month, according to its monthly summary. The performance of Fannie’s mortgages continue to deteriorate. The single-family serious delinquency rate climbed another 26 basis points (bps) to 4.98% in October, which is the most recent month of data. The multifamily delinquency rate dipped to 0.61% in October from 0.62% in the previous month. The delinquency rate in both categories swelled from October 2008, when the single-family delinquency rate was 1.89% and 0.21% for multifamily loans. Fannie reported $2.81bn in total mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and other guarantees at the end of November. The government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) issued $40.3m of MBS in November, a 2.7% drop from October. It’s total amount of issuance reached $752.4m in 2009 with one month to go. Fannie’s gross mortgage portfolio declined at an annualized rate of 26.1% to $752.2m in November. Write to Jon Prior.