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Mortgage Balances and Debt up in Q4 2017

Phil Hall
Mar 05, 2018
Freddie Mac reported third quarter net income of $1.7 billion, up from $1.5 billion for the second quarter of 2019

Mortgage balances increased by $139 billion, or 1.6 percent, during the fourth quarter of 2017, while mortgage debt rose by $402 billion year-over-year, according to the latest Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The national housing debt level totaled $9.33 trillion by the end of 2017.
 
But while mortgage debt rose, mortgage balances were 4.4 percent below the peak levels set in 2008, while some states that were severely impacted in the recession—including Arizona, California, Florida and Nevada—have balances far below their respective highs. Furthermore, the median credit score of borrowers for new mortgages dropped in the fourth quarter from 760 to 755.
 
Mortgage debt also recorded the second lowest household debt in the household quarter, with 1.3 percent of mortgages in serious delinquency. Mortgage balances account for 71 percent of total household debt, the largest component. There were 52.7 million mortgage accounts in the fourth quarter, up from 52 million on year earlier.

 
 
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