The Federal Housing Administration insured $27.3 billion in single-family mortgages in April — up 8% from the previous month due to higher mortgage purchase volume.

Mortgage purchase volume rose $1.6 billion to $11.7 billion, while refinancings crept up by $350 million to $15.6 billion, according to an FHA monthly activity report.

Lenders One Mortgage Cooperative reported that FHA-insured mortgages comprised 40% of its members' loan production in the first quarter.

A national cooperative of 135 mortgage lenders originated $17.3 billion single-family loans in the first quarter, up from $9.2 billion in the previous quarter.

Meanwhile, FHA servicers ramped up their loss mitigation efforts and completed 7,366 loan modifications in April, up from 4,837 in March.

But this didn't stop a 24 basis point increase in the FHA seriously delinquent rate in April and the percentage of FHA loans 90 days or more past due hit 7.32%.

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