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2016 was a very good year. Freddie Mac Multifamily is on track to purchase approximately $55 billion and securitize over $50 billion in loans – both new records. Barring any surprises, we believe the multifamly industry – and our business -- can grow another five to ten percent next year.

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The second half of the 20th century brought with it remarkable growth in homeownership. For the first four decades of the century, homeownership rates were relatively stable and remained below 50 percent, dropping as low as 44 percent in 1940. Following World War II, the rate of homeownership surged, propelled by the GI Bill, the institutionalization of the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, and the creation of FHA, VA, and the GSEs.

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Fraud continues to threaten homebuyers, renters and the mortgage industry. The latest report from CoreLogic, a real estate information company, says fraud is on an upward trajectory and estimates that some 13,000 mortgage applications made during the second quarter had indications of fraud.

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Today Freddie Mac reported net income and comprehensive income of $2.3 billion for the third quarter of 2016. Our results strongly reflect our improving business fundamentals and competitiveness – higher purchase volumes, an eight-year best in credit quality and a continued decline in legacy assets.

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Today, the homeownership rate is less than 63 percent, the lowest rate in half a century. It has been declining for over a decade and experts are projecting it will continue to keep falling—perhaps even below 60 percent.

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