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Fannie Mae: Mortgage Serious Delinquency Rate Decreased in February

by Calculated Risk on 3/31/2022 04:34:00 PM

Fannie Mae reported that the Single-Family Serious Delinquency decreased to 1.11% in February from 1.17% in January. The serious delinquency rate is down from 2.76% in February 2021.

These are mortgage loans that are “three monthly payments or more past due or in foreclosure”.

The Fannie Mae serious delinquency rate peaked in February 2010 at 5.59% following the housing bubble and peaked at 3.32% in August 2020 during the pandemic.

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By vintage, for loans made in 2004 or earlier (1% of portfolio), 3.30% are seriously delinquent (down from 3.39% in January).

For loans made in 2005 through 2008 (2% of portfolio), 5.46% are seriously delinquent (down from 5.67%),
For recent loans, originated in 2009 through 2021 (97% of portfolio), 0.89% are seriously delinquent (down from 0.95%). So, Fannie is still working through a few poor performing loans from the bubble years.

Mortgages in forbearance are counted as delinquent in this monthly report, but they will not be reported to the credit bureaus.

The pandemic related increase in delinquencies was very different from the increase in delinquencies following the housing bubble. Lending standards had been fairly solid over the previous decade, and most of these homeowners had equity in their homes – and the vast majority of these homeowners have been able to restructure their loans once they were employed.

Freddie Mac reported earlier.

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