(Fannie Mae) -- WASHINGTON, DC – Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTC) today announced that the company issued $7.1 billion of multifamily MBS1
in the first quarter of 2012, backed by new multifamily loans delivered by our lenders. Fannie Mae also resecuritized $2.6 billion of DUS MBS through its Fannie Mae Guaranteed Multifamily Structures (Fannie Mae GeMSTM
) program in the first quarter. “The strength of the Agency CMBS market is evidenced by robust volumes coincident with improving credit quality,” said Kimberly Johnson, Fannie Mae Vice President of Multifamily Capital Markets. “Issuance in the first quarter of this year is up 44% over last year's first quarter, and outstanding Multifamily MBS is nearly $110 billion. Resecuritization activity is also increasing. We are on pace to exceed $10 billion in GeMS issuance this year.” “Fundamentals in the rental housing market remain strong. New construction is subdued and tight supply is supporting rent growth as vacancy rates continue to decline,” said Jeff Hayward, Fannie Mae Senior Vice President and Head of Multifamily. Fannie Mae is the market leader in financing U.S. multifamily mortgages. The company's DUS MBS securities provide market participants with easily-modeled cash flows and call protection in defined maturities of five, seven and ten years. Fannie Mae's GeMS program consists of structured multifamily securities created from collateral specifically selected by Fannie Mae Capital Markets. Features of Fannie Mae GeMS have included block size transactions, collateral diversity and pricing close to par through Fannie Mae’s multifamily REMICs (ACES) and multifamily Mega securities.