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Fannie Mae’s Mortgage Portfolio Contracts for Eighth Straight Month

fanniemaeFannie Mae’s gross mortgage portfolio experienced its largest compound annual rate of contraction for one month so far in 2015 when it declined at a rate of 30.2 percent in November, according to Fannie Mae’s November 2015 Monthly Volume Summary.

That annual rate of contraction in November translated to about an $11 billion month-over-month decline in the value of Fannie Mae’s gross mortgage portfolio, from $364.2 billion down to about $353.5 billion. The portfolio has contracted at a compound annualized rate of 15.7 percent for the first 11 months of 2015, according to the MVS.

Only two months (January and March) have seen expansion in the portfolio in 2015; November marked the eighth consecutive month of contraction. The portfolio has expanded in only three months out of the last 64 since June 2010 (March 2015, January 2015, and December 2012). At the beginning of that stretch in June 2010, the portfolio's value was $818 billion. At the start of 2015, the portfolio's value was $414.8 billion.

Following close to five years of steady declines, the serious delinquency rate on single-family mortgages insured by Fannie Mae stayed flat from October to November at 1.58 percent, which is consistent with the level reported for September 2008—the month that both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were taken into conservatorship by the FHFA, at the onset of the housing crisis. The serious delinquency rate on mortgages backed by Fannie Mae for November 2015 was less than half of the national rate reported by CoreLogic for the month of October (3.4 percent).

The number of loan modifications completed by Fannie Mae was way down over the month, from 6,882 in October down to 5,618 in November. Year-to-date as of the end of November, Fannie Mae has completed 87,613 loan mods, an average of 7,964 per month. Fannie Mae completed an average of 10,235 loan mods per month for the full year of 2014.

Click here to view Fannie Mae’s entire November 2015 Monthly Volume Summary.

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About Author: Brian Honea

Brian Honea's writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master's degree from Amberton University in Garland.
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