Freddie Mac reported this week that its total mortgage portfolio increased
at an annualized rate of 16.1 percent in January
compared to a 22.4 percent
gain in December. The portfolio balance at the end of the period was $2.777
trillion compared to $2.740 trillion the prior month and $2.339 trillion a year
earlier. Purchases and Issuances totaled $120.128 billion and Sales were ($.588)
billion. The December  numbers were $129.639
billion and ($1.330) billion, respectively. Single-family refinance loan purchase and guarantee volume was $84.5 billion
in January compared to $77.6 billion in December, representing a 73 percent
share of total single-family mortgage portfolio purchases and issuances, up
from 70 percent the previous month.


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