IG Says Fannie, Freddie ARMs Purchase Up Since 2016
January 19, 2018
The GSEs have been purchasing more adjustable-rate mortgages in the past year and the Federal Housing Finance Agency Office of Inspector General said that warrants monitoring. Since November 2016, the GSEs’ purchase of ARMs has grown. The numbers are far lower than the volume of ARMs purchased during the housing bubble in the early 2000’s, a new IG white paper noted. The ARM share of single-family mortgage purchases by the GSEs dropped from around 20 percent in 2006 to 12 percent in 2007. And by 2009, ARM purchases by Fannie and Freddie tumbled to just 2.3 percent of their single-family business. From 2007 to 2010, the GSEs tightened restrictions on their purchase of ARMs, including those with nontraditional features and layered risk.