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What you need to know about the Trump plan to set Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac free

by Kai Ryssdal and Amy Scott Sep 6, 2019
The White House released its plan to end government stewardship of the companies that control half of all mortgages in the U.S.
Freddie Mac headquarters in McLean, Virginia, in 2010.
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What's next for Fannie and Freddie?

by Amy Scott Sep 4, 2019
A Trump administration plan for reform is expected soon.
A view of mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae as seen in 2006 in Washington, DC.
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There's yet another proposal to get the government out of the mortgage-guarantee business

by Amy Scott Feb 4, 2019
One of the last big unresolved issues from the financial crisis is what to do about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Together with government-owned Ginnie Mae, they own or guarantee more than half the home loans in the country. Fannie…
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Could the 30-year mortgage disappear?

by Amy Scott Dec 12, 2018
President Trump's pick for housing regulator has questioned the loan's benefits.
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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, 10 years after the bailout

by Amy Scott Sep 6, 2018
Why are the mortgage giants still under government control?
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FICO’s grip on mortgage credit scores challenged

by Aaron Schrank Mar 14, 2018
Mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac consider one credit score when determining the creditworthiness of mortgage applicants: FICO.  Some members of Congress want to change that by adding a provision to a bank deregulation bill that would require…
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Fannie Mae CEO reflects on housing 10 years after the financial crisis

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Jan 24, 2018
Timothy Mayopoulos joined Fannie Mae a few months after it was taken over by the government. Today, he's the CEO.
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Corporate landlords may be getting a boost from the government

by Kimberly Adams Jun 14, 2017
We are slowly becoming a nation of renters. What does that mean for Fannie Mae, the government-sponsored backer of mortgages for individuals and investors?
A rental home owned by Invitation in Las Vegas, NV.
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The future of Fannie & Freddie under Trump

by Mitchell Hartman Jan 3, 2017
President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Treasury Secretary wants to remove government control and financial backing from the housing-finance entities.
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Jumbo mortgages bigger piece of the housing pie

by Mitchell Hartman Aug 10, 2016
Jumbo mortgages constitute a growing share of mortgage lending by big banks, which may disadvantage people of color in the housing market.
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