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Freddie Mac Reports Jump in Refi Purchases in November

DEC 21, 2012 1:48pm ET
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Freddie Mac purchased $62.5 billion in mortgage loans and securities in November, up 25% from the month prior, the secondary market agency reported Friday morning.

The spike in purchases is the highest since June 2009.

In November, the GSE purchased or guaranteed $46.6 billion in single-family refinancings, compared to $37.2 billion in October.

The November activity report also shows the secondary market agency issued $59.9 billion in Participation Certificates, up 32% from the previous month.
Meanwhile, Freddie Mac’s purchases of PCs for its own investment portfolio fell to $9.4 billion in November from $15.3 billion in the prior month.

The serious delinquency rate on Freddie’s guaranteed single-family mortgage portfolio dropped six basis points in November, following a similar six basis point drop in October.

The percentage of single-family loans that are 90 days or more past due fell to 3.25% in November. A year ago, Freddie’s serious delinquency rate was 3.57%.

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