Freddie Mac reported this week that its total mortgage portfolio increased
at an annualized rate of 17.4 percent in September compared to a 23.7 percent
gain in August. The portfolio balance at the end of the period was $3.137
trillion compared to $3.093 trillion the prior month and $2.613 trillion a year
earlier. Purchases and Issuances totaled $112.333 billion, and Sales were ($498)
billion. The August numbers were $119.682 billion, and ($277) billion, respectively. Single-family refinance loan purchase and guarantee volume was $59.8 billion
in September compared to $65.7 billion in August, representing a 58 percent
share of total single-family mortgage portfolio purchases and issuances, unchanged
from the share in August.


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