FHFA: Latest Report on Non-Performing Loan Sales Released

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today released the latest report on the sale of non-performing loans (NPLs) by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises). The Enterprise Non-Performing Loan Sales Report includes sales information about NPLs sold through December 31, 2020.  Borrower outcomes reflect NPLs sold through June 30th, 2020 and reported through December 31, 2020. 

The sale of NPLs reduces the number of delinquent loans in the Enterprises’ portfolios and transfers credit risk to the private sector. FHFA and the Enterprises impose requirements on NPL buyers designed to achieve more favorable outcomes for borrowers than foreclosure. 

This report shows that from program inception in 2014 through December 31, 2020, the Enterprises sold 130,808 NPLs with a total unpaid principal balance (UPB) of $24.5 billion. The loans included in the NPL sales had an average delinquency of 2.9 years and an average current mark-to-market loan-to-value ratio of 91 percent (not including capitalized arrearages).

NPL Sales Highlights:

  • NPLs sold had an average delinquency of 2.9 years and an average loan-to-value ratio of 91 percent.
  • The average delinquency for pools sold ranged from 1.4 years to 6.2 years.
  • NPLs in New Jersey, New York and Florida represented nearly half (43 percent) of the NPLs sold.
  • Fannie Mae has sold 86,216 loans with an aggregate UPB of $15.8 billion, an average delinquency of 3.0 years, and an average LTV of 89 percent.
  • Freddie Mac has sold 44,592 loans with an aggregate UPB of $8.7 billion, an average delinquency of 2.8 years, and an average LTV of 95 percent.

Borrower Outcomes Highlights:

  • The borrower outcomes in the report are based on 125,750 NPLs that were settled by June 30, 2020 and reported as of December 31, 2020. 
  • Compared to a benchmark of similarly delinquent Enterprise NPLs that were not sold, foreclosures avoided for sold NPLs were higher than the benchmark. 
  • NPLs on homes occupied by borrowers had the highest rate of foreclosure avoidance outcomes (40.2 percent foreclosure avoided versus 16.8 percent for vacant properties).
  • NPLs on vacant homes had a much higher rate of foreclosure, more than double the foreclosure rate of borrower-occupied properties (76.5 percent foreclosure versus 33 percent for borrower occupied properties).  Foreclosures on vacant homes typically improve neighborhood stability and reduce blight as the homes are sold or rented to new occupants.
  • The average UPB of NPLs sold was $187,587. 

FHFA will continue to provide reporting on NPL sales borrower outcomes on an ongoing basis. 

Read the latest Non-Performing Loan Sales Report. 

For more information, visit the NPL page on FHFA.gov.

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