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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Delinquency Rates decline slightly

by Calculated Risk on 2/01/2011 08:45:00 PM

• A little color on the economic data and my current economic outlook.
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Fannie Mae reported that the serious delinquency rate decreased to 4.50% in November from 4.52% in October. Freddie Mac reported that the serious delinquency rate decreased to 3.84% in December from 3.85% in November. (Note: Fannie reports a month behind Freddie).

These are loans that are "three monthly payments or more past due or in foreclosure".
Freddie Mac Seriously Delinquent RateClick on graph for larger image in graph gallery.

Some of the rapid increase over the last couple of years was probably because of foreclosure moratoriums, and also because loans in trial mods were considered delinquent until the modifications were made permanent. As modifications have become permanent, they are no longer counted as delinquent.

The increases for Freddie Mac in October and November were probably related to the new foreclosure moratoriums. Now it appears the rate has started to decrease again.