Fannie Mae Research Paper

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Today’s real estate and mortgage market has led to something that is somewhat scary. Most people in America are looking for the perfect home, their American dream, and your dream home needs to be a dream, it doesn’t need to become a nightmare and if you buy a home with no money in savings for emergencies then everything that can go wrong will [The Early Show, House Hunting]. That is why it is important to have a good strong down payment of about ten to fifteen percent and no previous debt such as car loans. People who are not prepared to buy a home are the ones who are making the mortgage and real estate market become a scary topic. The Federal National Mortgage Association, commonly known as Fannie Mae, is a stockholder-owned corporation chartered by Congress in 1968 as a government sponsored enterprise, but founded in 1938 during the Depression. Contrary to some beliefs, Fannie Mae does not make home loans directly to consumers, but rather functions as an intermediary in the U.S. secondary mortgage market. By purchasing and securitizing mortgages, Fannie Mae facilitates liquidity in the primary mortgage market by ensuring that…show more content…
Washington Mutual plans to refinance up to $2 billion in subprime loans at below-market rates. Citigroup and Bank of America are working with an advocacy group to similarly target $1 billion in subprime mortgages, focusing on cities with high foreclosure rates. Freddie Mac is fueling the market with a commitment to buy up to $20 billion in subprime loans, and Ohio is floating a $100 million bond issue to help troubled homeowners. The new environment may also drive new solutions. Lenders now face falling home prices, large loan portfolios with no money down, and a home-foreclosure process that may cost them tens of thousands of dollars. Renegotiating loans -– lowering the interest rate or extending the payment period –- may be more attractive than

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