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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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Mortgage rates hit highest level in 7+ years

by Jed Kim Oct 12, 2018
It’s getting more expensive to get a mortgage. Data out this week from Freddie Mac shows the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 4.9 percent. That’s the highest it’s been in seven years. What does that mean for prospective home buyers? …
Divided Decade

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…
Corner Office

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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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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U.S. mortgage giants under the microscope

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Sep 14, 2015
What's the deal with our strange relationship with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?
The headquarters of Freddie Mac in McLean, Virginia.
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Flush with cash, Freddie Mac keeps paying the Treasury

by Mitchell Hartman Aug 4, 2015
The mortgage giant will pay the government another $3.9 billion in September.

The man behind Fannie and Freddie

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Jun 4, 2014
In the world of real estate, few people are more powerful than Mel Watt.