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Freddie Mace CEO Don Layton

WASHINGTON, DC–Freddie Mac posted strong quarterly earnings for the first quarter with comprehensive income of $2.2 billion overall and of $404 million for multifamily. CEO Don Layton was happy to explain why the GSE performed well during the earnings call. One, unlike in the past few quarters there were no significant items that noticeably impacted results. Two, legacy asset disposition and market spreads tightening together had only a small aggregate effect on the bottom line. Three, because the GSE has shifted to hedge accounting, the rise in interest rates only reduced earnings by about $160 million.

There were other achievements during the quarter, which the GSE is touting. In multifamily, the guarantee portfolio grew 30% from the prior year to $213 billion and the delinquency rate is at historical lows, of around 0.02%.

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Erika Morphy

Erika Morphy has been writing about commercial real estate at GlobeSt.com for more than ten years, covering the capital markets, the Mid-Atlantic region and national topics. She's a nerd so favorite examples of the former include accounting standards, Basel III and what Congress is brewing.

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