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Friday, December 23, 2011

We’ve heard of Fannie Mae; what, exactly, is it?

Fannie Mae was created by the United States Congress in 1938 to support liquidity, stability, and affordability in the secondary mortgage market, where existing mortgage-related assets are purchased and sold. Fannie Mae itself has stated that it has “a mission to expand affordable housing”.

Fannie Mae does not originate loans or lend money directly to consumers in the primary mortgage market because Federal law prevents it from doing so. However, it does purchase mortgage loans and mortgage-related securities. In other words, while you can’t get a loan from Fannie Mae, Fannie Mae might end up owning your mortgage loan.

Fannie Mae also often securitizes mortgage loans originated by lenders into Fannie Mae mortgage-backed securities (called Fannie Mae MBS)  and makes other investments which are intended to increase the supply of affordable housing.

McGrath & Spielberger, PLLC provides assistance to borrowers in need of mortgage relief services, such as mortgage loan modification, foreclosure negotiation, refinancing, and deed-in-lieu or other negotiated settlement resolutions. These professional services may include dealing with mortgage loans owned or securitized by Fannie Mae.

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