Mortgage lenders issued $29.2 billion of Ginnie Mae MBS in March, up 5% from the prior month as securitizations of Jumbo and multifamily loans surged, according to new figures released by the government.

The new report showed that issuers securitized $21.6 billion of single-family mortgages in Ginnie Mae II pools and $5.3 billion of GNMA I pools.

The GNMA II pools included $641 million of Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured Jumbo mortgages in February, up 50% from the prior month.

FHA Jumbos have loan balances above $625,500 and up to $729,750.

Securitizations of FHA-insured reverse mortgage totaled $883 million, compared to $718 million in February.

Issuers placed $2.9 billion of multifamily loans in Ginnie I pools in March, more than double February's volume.

Ginnie Mae-guaranteed MBS are backed by FHA, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Rural Housing Service loans.

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