Who are Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?

Y0u may hear about them a lot in the news when it comes to the housing market, but do you really know who they are? Check out this helpful article from The Seattle Times to learn more…

Who are Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?

“Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are publicly traded companies that guarantee the majority of new mortgages in the U.S. They are key players in the government’s foreclosure-prevention initiative.

Fannie Mae, officially the Federal National Mortgage Association, and Freddie Mac, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., were taken over by the government in 2008 after billions of dollars in losses and years of mismanagement.

Fannie and Freddie operate in the secondary mortgage market. They don’t sell mortgages directly to homeowners; they buy mortgages from banks and other lenders, which can use the money to issue new home mortgages.”

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