Imagining a post–Fannie Mae and post–Freddie Mac world (Part 1 of 6)
Reassessing the government-sponsored entities
The government is currently debating what role the government-sponsored entities (the GSEs) will have in the future of mortgage finance. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have historically been a conduit for mortgage lending, and their guarantee of mortgage-backed securities makes possible the 30-year mortgage that most Americans take as their birthright. We’ll look at the future of mortgage finance in this multi-part article.
We’ll start with a brief introduction to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and their role in mortgage finance.
Browse this series on Market Realist:
- Part 2 - The mortgage market: Understanding government-sponsored entities
- Part 3 - The role of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during the housing bubble
- Part 4 - The role of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac post-bubble
- Fannie Mae
- Freddie Mac