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Freddie limits single-family mortgage purchases

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On June 7, Freddie Mac announced a new cap, or limit, on the purchase of certain single-family mortgages secured by investment properties and second homes to 7 percent of total single-family mortgage acquisitions. For July, Freddie Mac updated the requirements for investment property and second home mortgages to state that if a seller sells more than five mortgages secured by second homes and/or investment properties, the seller’s delivery of such mortgages may not, by the measure of the aggregate unpaid principal balance (UPB) of a mortgage, exceed 6.5 percent “of the total UPB for all [m]ortgages sold during that month.” After July, the cap will be set at 6 percent. The announcement also noted that the cap “is intended to be temporary” and may be revised as needed.

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