Freddie Mac reported this week that its total mortgage portfolio increased
at an annualized rate of 13.2 percent in April compared to a 27.2 percent gain
in March. The portfolio balance at the end of the period was $2.785 trillion
compared to $2.927 trillion the prior month and $2.434 trillion a year earlier. Purchases and Issuances totaled $121.668 billion, and Sales were ($1.761)
billion. The March  numbers were $142.465
billion and ($.785) billion, respectively. Single-family refinance loan purchase and guarantee volume was $82.9 billion
in April compared to $103.3 billion in March, representing a 72 percent share
of total single-family mortgage portfolio purchases and issuances, down from 76
percent the previous month.


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