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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-30-09 08:21 AM
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Wall Street Journal: Fannie Sees Jump in Overdue Home Loans
Fannie Sees Jump in Overdue Home Loans
By JAMES R. HAGERTY


Fannie Mae reported a steep increase in the percentage of home mortgages with overdue payments.

The government-backed mortgage investor said in a monthly summary released Monday that 3.42% of the single-family mortgages it owns or guarantees were 90 days or more delinquent in April, up from 3.15% a month before.

Fannie's main rival, Freddie Mac, reported last week that its single-family delinquency rate for May was 2.62%, up from 2.44% in April.

Fannie and Freddie are the main providers of funding for U.S. home mortgages. Although the two companies bought many of the riskier types of home loans in recent years, their main business is in prime mortgages. More prime borrowers have been falling behind as they lose jobs or their incomes fall.

Richard DeKaser, an independent economist in Washington, D.C., blamed the continuing rise in loan delinquencies on the spike in job losses and on what her termed the "evaporation" of home equity amid falling home prices, leaving many borrowers without a cushion when they lose their jobs.

Patrick Newport, an economist at IHS Global Insight in Lexington, Mass., said recent delinquencies are "mostly driven by job losses." He expects unemployment to peak in mid-2010 at about 10.3%, up from 9.4% in May. ...........(more)

The complete piece is at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124630721373569933.html




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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-30-09 09:15 AM
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adnelson60087 Donating Member (661 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-30-09 09:33 AM
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2. Have people forgotten about the imminent disaster of Alt-A
and Option Arm loans? According to Credit Suisse, that bubble is set to explode in 2010 and peak in summer of 2011. This bubble is about the same size as the subprime debacle, and may be devastating to the overall economy.
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