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Volume 29 - Number 35

September 13, 2012

Downloads Available: Jumbo Mortgage Originations 2008 - 2Q12

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Agency Jumbo Programs Slowed in Second Quarter But Continue to Dominate Market for Big-Ticket Mortgages

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac both saw substantial declines in deliveries of home mortgages with balances exceeding $417,000 during the second quarter, offsetting a significant increase in FHA originations of conforming jumbo loans. Combined, the three agencies did $24.1 billion in conforming jumbo mortgage business – loans on single-unit properties in the lower 48 states that exceed the old $417,000 loan limit. That was down 16.3 percent from the first three months of 2012 at a time when overall mortgage origination volume fell 5.2 percent. Meanwhile, originations of non-agency jumbo loans rose...[Includes two data charts]

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