Delinquent GSE Mortgages Fall in Q4

The number of home loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that are 60 or more days past due fell from 1.13 percent to 1.08 percent at the end of the fourth quarter, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s foreclosure prevention report released today.

Seriously delinquent loans—those that are 90 or more days past due—also fell to 0.73 percent of Fannie and Freddie’s mortgage loan portfolio in the fourth quarter. By comparison, 3.8 percent of Federal Housing Administration loans were seriously delinquent, and 2.1 percent of all loans were.

The report also documented the GSEs’ efforts to prevent foreclosures, with 41,062 modifications or other actions completed in the fourth quarter and nearly 4.3 million since the conservatorships began.