According to this HousingWire.com article, GSE REO Portfolio Near 100,000, according to 10-Q filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the total REO foreclosure inventory now held by government-sponsored enterprises (GSE) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is almost at a combined level of 100,000 single-family properties. That is staggering, especially considering that foreclosures continue to pile up and the rate of new foreclosure filings exceeds the rate at which those properties are being sold (per my previous blog post this is partially a result of the banks holding back REO inventory).
According to the article, "Freddie’s portfolio is nearly 35,000 properties, while Fannie’s is closing in on double that figure at nearly 64,000. While the rate of growth in the two portfolios has declined, Freddie acknowledges it expects to experience further losses from REO properties." The SEC filing stated “While temporary suspensions of foreclosure transfers and recent loan modification efforts reduced the rate of growth in our charge-offs and REO acquisitions during the second quarter of 2009, our provision for credit losses includes expected losses on those foreclosures currently suspended.” According to the article, "Fannie’s REO portfolio nearly doubled from the first half of 2008 compared to H109. Fannie held 33,729 properties during H108. The number of properties increased in all regions of the US except the Midwest, which experienced a decrease from 15,265 to 14,626 properties." The article stated that Freddie Mac indicated that their pool of Alt-A interest-only loans and loans made in 2006-2007 make up the biggest share of its portfolio. These types of loans are now major contributors to the declining quality of the Freddie Mac loans. It appears that the continuing decline in home values is the main culprit. As I have stated in previous blog posts, as home prices decline and homeowners become "upside down" or "underwater" the number of delinquencies, short sales and foreclosures increase.
If you are a homeowner in Middle Tennessee who cannot pay your mortgage and your home is worth less than the amount(s) you owe, please contact me to discuss selling your home via a short sale. I am a Middle Tennessee distressed real estate, short sale, pre-foreclosure (preforeclosure) and foreclosure expert and REALTOR.
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