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Increases in home price may not be good for buyers, but it is for mortgage performance, according to a recent report. What else could be contributing to the improved outlook?

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Refinance Volume Drops as Mortgage Rates Rise

Refinances fell in February as mortgage rates rose, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) February 2017 Refinance report. The average interest rate on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage in February 2017 was 4.17 percent, up from January 2017’s 4.15 percent.

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New Acquisitions Drive Up Business at Fannie

The balance of Fannie Mae's gross mortgage portfolio dropped from $436 billion in October down to $424 billion in November, marking the 52nd time in the last 53 months Fannie Mae's portfolio declined month-over-month. With the exception of December 2012, when the portfolio grew in value at a compound annualized rate of 1 percent, the value of the portfolio has declined every month since June 2010.

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Freddie’s Mortgage Portfolio Crawls Upward

According to Freddie's monthly volume summary, released Monday, the company's total portfolio ended November at an estimated $1.9 trillion, up an annualized 0.4 percent. Year-to-date, the portfolio's growth rate is an average -0.7 percent, the result of six straight months of declines through the year's first half and an additional month of contraction in August.

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Freddie Mac’s Portfolio Grows in September

According to the company's volume summary, Freddie Mac's total portfolio grew last month at an annualized rate of 2.2 percent, bringing the year-to-date average growth rate to -1.1 percent. The only other time the portfolio came up positive this year was in July, when it expanded at a rate of just 0.1 percent.

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New Business Reaches Six-Month High at Freddie

Freddie Mac's mortgage portfolio shrank in June at its slowest pace so far this year as new business hit a six-month high. The mortgage giant reported in its June volume summary that its total portfolio declined at an annualized rate of 0.1 percent, down from May's contraction rate of 2.1 percent and bringing the monthly growth average to -2.0 percent.

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Fannie’s Book Shrinks for Sixth Straight Month

Fannie Mae's book of business shrank for the sixth straight month in May as the enterprise's mortgage portfolio continued its decline. In its monthly volume summary, Fannie revealed its total book of business contracted at a compound rate of 2.4 percent in May, slightly slower than April's negative growth rate of 2.7 percent. Year-to-date, the book has seen an average annualized negative growth rate of 2.3 percent.

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