Year-to-Date Credit Protection Rises to $196 Billion
Freddie Mac's Single-Family business today announced that its Credit Risk Transfer (CRT) program transferred approximately $2.5 billion of credit risk on $69 billion of single-family mortgages from U.S. taxpayers to the private sector in the third quarter of 2019. This brings the year-to-date total of credit risk transferred to $7.3 billion on $196 billion of single-family mortgages.
"Freddie Mac is committed to the stability of the U.S. housing finance system, and CRT is a key component," said Mike Reynolds, Vice President, Credit Risk Transfer. "We will continue to offer attractive opportunities for private capital to participate in our program as we expand CRT coverage across our book of business."
Through its flagship offerings, Freddie Mac issued a total of six STACR and ACIS transactions in the third quarter--three on-the-run deals (DNA and HQA) and three seasoned deals (ARMR and FTR). As a result of STACR and ACIS on the run transactions this quarter, Freddie Mac transferred between 80 percent (high LTV HQA series) and 90 percent (low LTV DNA series) of the credit risk on the underlying reference pools, helping to reduce capital required under the Conservatorship Capital Framework.
Since the first CRT transaction in 2013, Freddie Mac's single-family CRT program has cumulatively transferred $51 billion in credit risk on nearly $1.4 trillion in mortgages.
Builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market rose one point in the third quarter of 2019, returning to its record-high reading of 72. This is the highest reading since the inception of the index in 2008.
According to Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage in the U.S. averaged 3.78 percent in late October 2019. Purchase activity continues to show strength, indicating obvious homebuyer demand.
According to ATTOM Data Solutions' Q4 2019 Vacant Property and Zombie Foreclosure Report, over 1.5 million (1,527,142) U.S. single family homes and condos, representing 1.5 percent of all homes, were vacant in the fourth quarter of 2019.
According to the National Association of Realtors, existing-home sales receded in September 2019 following two consecutive months of increases. Each of the four major regions witnessed sales drop off last month, with the Midwest absorbing the brunt of those declines.