Posted To: MND NewsWireFreddie Mac reported today that its total mortgage portfolio increased at an annualized rate of 6.1 percent in August. The portfolio balance at the end of the period was $2.147 trillion compared to $2.136 trillion at the end of July and $2.052 trillion a year earlier. Purchases and Issuances totaled $38.413 billion , bringing the 2018 year-to-date total to $254.304 billion, Sales were ($2.569) billion and Liquidations ($26.066) billion in August and totaled ($15.442) and ($189.264) billion respectively so far this year. The annualized growth rate for 2018 through the end of August was 3.5 percent and the annualized liquidations rate was (13.5) percent. Single-family refinance-loan purchase and guarantee volume was $6.9 billion in August compared to $6.4 billion the prior month. The refinance…(read more)Forward this article via email: Send a copy of this story to someone you know that may want to read it.