Despite a sizeable drop from November to December, mortgage giant Freddie Mac still completed 19.6 percent more loan modifications in 2013 than in 2012 according to the agency’s recently released Monthly Volume Summary.
Freddie Mac completed a total of 6,731 loan modifications in December, down 17.1 percent from the 8,124 loan modifications completed in November. In all of 2013, Freddie Mac completed a total of 83,188 loan modifications for an average of 6,932 per month. In 2012, Freddie Mac completed a total of 69,581 loan modifications for an average of 5,798 per month.
The delinquency rate for single-family homes in Freddie Mac’s loan portfolio continued to improve in December, falling from 2.43 percent in November to 2.39 percent in December. Last year at this time, the delinquency rate for single-family homes was 3.25 percent and is at its lowest level since March of 2009.
Delinquency rates for multi-family dwellings moved higher in December, increasing from 0.05 percent in November to 0.09 percent in December. The delinquency rate in December of last year was 0.19 percent.
Single-family delinquencies are based on the number of mortgages 90 days or more delinquent or in foreclosure as of period end while multifamily delinquencies are based on the unpaid principal balance of mortgages 60 days or more delinquent or in foreclosure as of period end.
Freddie Mac’s total mortgage portfolio increased at an annualized rate of 0.4 percent from November to December as their total holdings increased from $1.914 trillion to $1.915 trillion.
Single-family refinance-loan purchase and guarantee volume was $10.8 billion in December, reflecting 50 percent of total mortgage purchases and issuances. That was down from $11.0 billion in November, a decrease of 1.8 percent. Mortgages that were refinanced for the purpose of homeowner relief captured about 29 percent of the total refinance volume, down from 40 percent the previous month.
Total refinance-loan purchase and guarantee volume was $25.4 billion, up 12.4 percent from $22.6 billion in November.
Tags: Freddie Mac, Monthly Volume Report, single-family homes, delinquency rates, multi-family dwellings, mortgage portfolio, loan modifications
Reported by Jeff Alan