SOURCE: Freddie Mac

Freddie Mac

May 26, 2015 16:52 ET

Freddie Mac Executes Its Third Sale in 2015 of Seriously Delinquent Loans From Its Investment Portfolio

MCLEAN, VA--(Marketwired - May 26, 2015) - Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today announced that on May 21st it sold via auction 1,052 deeply delinquent Ocwen serviced non-performing loans (NPLs) from its mortgage investment portfolio as part of its Standard Pool Offerings (SPO). The loans have an aggregate unpaid principal balance (UPB) of $201 million. The transaction is expected to settle in July 2015. This is the third SPO offering 2015 year-to-date.

These loans have been delinquent for approximately three years, on average. Given the deep delinquency status of the loans, the borrowers have likely been evaluated previously for or are already in various stages of loss mitigation, including modification or other alternatives to foreclosure, or are in foreclosure. Mortgages that were previously modified and subsequently became delinquent comprise 29% of the aggregate pool balance.

The loans were offered as a single pool of mortgage loans. LSF9 Mortgage Holdings, LLC was the winning bidder. The cover bid price (the second highest bid) was in the mid 70s percent of UPB. Weighted average BPO LTV, average loan size and note rate are 93%, $191,177 and 5.28%, respectively.

Freddie Mac, through its advisors, began marketing the transaction on April 28, 2015 to potential bidders, including minority and women-owned businesses (MWOBs), non-profits, neighborhood advocacy funds and private investors active in the NPL market.

The transaction is subject to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) NPL sale requirements and guidelines announced on March 2nd. Requirements on winning bidders' servicers include:

  • Servicer must be approved by and in good standing with Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, Ginnie Mae, or FHA.

  • All servicers must agree to service in accordance with applicable law.

  • Servicers must prioritize loan modifications over short sales or deeds in lieu of foreclosure, and foreclosure must be the last option; and for loans that transition to REO (Real Estate Owned), servicers must encourage sales to owner occupants and non-profits.

  • Servicers must comply with the requirements of the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Making Home Affordable programs, including the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), and evaluate eligible borrowers for such programs.

  • Servicers must evaluate all borrowers who are determined ineligible for HAMP (other than those with an imminent foreclosure sale date or vacant property) for a proprietary modification.

  • Servicers must honor completed modifications, and those in trial or applications in process at the time of sale, and continue to close in-process modifications unless they are able to offer terms more favorable to borrowers.

  • Subsequent servicers must agree to assume the responsibilities of the initial servicer.

Advisors to Freddie Mac on the transaction were Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo Securities and CastleOak Securities

Freddie Mac was established by Congress in 1970 to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the nation's residential mortgage markets. Freddie Mac supports communities across the nation by providing mortgage capital to lenders. Today Freddie Mac is making home possible for approximately one in four home borrowers and is one of the largest sources of financing for multifamily housing. Additional information is available at FreddieMac.com, Twitter @FreddieMac and Freddie Mac's blog FreddieMac.com/blog.