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Volume 2014 - Number 1

January 9, 2014

Downloads Available: GSE Single-Family Mortgage Pool Characteristics - 4Q13

Downloads Available: Top Mortgage Sellers to Fannie Mae - 4Q13

Downloads Available: Top Mortgage Sellers to Freddie Mac - 4Q13

GSE Business Volume Hit 2-Year Low in 4Q13 As Mortgage Refinance Activity Dropped Sharply

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac generated $182.2 billion of new single-family mortgage-backed securities during the final three months of 2013, their lowest quarterly output since the third quarter of 2011, according to a new Inside Mortgage Finance analysis and ranking. Fourth-quarter volume for the two government-sponsored enterprises was down 36.1 percent from the previous quarter, with Fannie posting the bigger decline, 36.8 percent. Freddie volume in the final three months of the year was off 34.7 percent from the third quarter, which helped modestly boost its share of the GSE market to 35.2 percent. For the year, Freddie accounted...[Includes three data charts]

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With rates higher this year, there has been talk of lenders liberalizing their underwriting standards in an effort to increase volume and make up for lower refis.

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