FHFA: GSEs Have Sold Over 90,000 Nonperforming Loans Since 2014

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have sold 90,921 nonperforming loans as of December 31, 2017, with a total unpaid balance of $17.4 billion, according to the fifth Non-Performing Loan Sales Report released today by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. On average, the NPLs had a delinquency of 3.2 years and an average current loan-to-value ratio of 95 percent. Nearly half (46 percent) of the NPLs sold came from New Jersey, New York and Florida.

The report also surveyed borrower outcomes based on data from the 79,683 NPLs sold since June 30, 2017. As of December 31, 2017, 55 percent of NPLs had been resolved; 34 percent with foreclosure and 21 percent without. Foreclosure avoidances were highest when homes were occupied by borrowers — only 11 percent of vacant properties avoided foreclosure, compared to 25.7 percent when homes were borrower-occupied. The report also compared the foreclosure rate among sold NPLs to a benchmark of similarly delinquent loans that were not sold, noting that sold NPLs resulted in fewer foreclosures.

The sale of NPLs by the GSEs is intended to help reduce the number of seriously delinquent loans Fannie and Freddie own by transferring credit risk to the private sector. The GSEs sell NPLs through national pool offerings, which include pools specifically structured to attract diverse participation by nonprofits, small investors and minority and women-owned businesses.