Freddie Mac reported this week that its total mortgage portfolio increased
at an annualized rate of 27.2 percent in March compared to a 17.7 percent gain
in February. The portfolio balance at the end of the period was $2.927 trillion
compared to $2.882 trillion the prior month and $2.404 trillion a year earlier. Purchases and Issuances totaled $142.465 billion, and Sales were ($.785)
billion. The February  numbers were $114.682
billion and ($.460) billion, respectively. Single-family refinance loan purchase and guarantee volume was $103.3
billion in March compared to $85.0 billion in February, representing a 76
percent share of total single-family mortgage portfolio
purchases and issuances,
down from 77 percent the previous month.


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