Mortgage lenders plagued with requests from Fannie Mae to buy back defective loans can now take comfort in the knowledge that they're far from alone.

Fannie said Monday in its first-quarter securities filing that it made servicers buy back or reimburse it for losses on $1.8 billion of loans, 64% more than a year earlier. It was the first time the government-sponsored enterprise disclosed the volume of its repurchase demands; previously Fannie only acknowledged that such demands had been on the rise since 2008 as delinquencies worsened.

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