Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Freddie Mac: "Potential Large Wave of Foreclosures"

by Bill McBride on 2/24/2010 11:55:00 AM

"We start 2010 with some early signs of stabilization in the housing market, with house prices and home sales likely nearing the bottom sometime in 2010. We expect that low mortgage rates, relatively high affordability and the homebuyer tax credit will help continue to fuel the recovery. Still, the housing recovery remains fragile, with significant downside risk posed by high unemployment and a potential large wave of foreclosures."
Freddie Mac Chief Executive Officer Charles E. Haldeman, Jr.
The quote is from the Freddie Mac Q4 earnings release:
Freddie Mac Releases Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2009 Financial Results Fourth quarter 2009 net loss was $6.5 billion. After the dividend payment of $1.3 billion to the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) on the senior preferred stock, net loss attributable to common stockholders was $7.8 billion ... for the fourth quarter of 2009.
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Full-year 2009 net loss was $21.6 billion. After dividend payments of $4.1 billion during the year to Treasury on the senior preferred stock, net loss attributable to common stockholders was $25.7 billion ... for the full-year 2009.
Another $7.8 billion in losses ...