Fannie Mae acquired $55.3 billion of mortgages from its seller/servicers in September, its best purchase month since March, and a sign that loan production is gaining traction in the primary market.

On a sequential basis purchases rose 25%, but compared to the same month a year ago were off by 30%.

(Meanwhile, early Tuesday morning the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury bond had fallen below 2% again – from 2.4% last week – over new concerns about the Greek debt crisis.)

Year to date, the GSE has purchased $445 billion of product.

Its single-family delinquency rate continued to fall during the month, ending at 4% compared to 4.03% in August and 4.56% a year ago.

However, late payments on Fannie-backed multifamily loans rose to 57 basis points from 43 bps in August. A year ago late payments on apartment loans were at 65 basis points.

The GSE closed September with a retained portfolio of $722 billion, a 10% decline from a year ago. It is scheduled to report earnings in the next week or so.

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