Freddie Mac reported this week that its total mortgage portfolio increased
at an annualized rate of 25.7 percent in October compared to a 17.5 percent
gain in September.
The portfolio balance at the end of the period was $2.625
trillion compared to $2.579 trillion the prior month and $2.301 trillion a year
earlier. The growth rate for the year to date is 15.2 percent. Purchases and Issuances totaled $137.285 billion and Sales were ($1.706)
billion. The September numbers were $114.386 billion and ($3.064) billion,
respectively. Single-family refinance loan purchase and guarantee volume was $89.7 billion
in October compared to $70.9  billion in September,
representing a 71 percent share of total single-family mortgage portfolio
purchases and issuances compared to 69 percent the previous month.


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