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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Bail out update 1

Posted on 10, July 2014

in Category Loans, Mortgage, News, Real Estate

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Bail out update


The U. S. government made money in the long run but is it worth it.

The federal government bailed out the two housing finance giants commonly known as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac almost six years ago. The government seized the two so-called “government-sponsored enterprises” amid loan losses that threatened their solvency in the financial crisis of 2008.

U.S. taxpayers gave Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for more than $187 billion. This helped prop up both Fannie and Freddie. They have returned to profitability and have paid more than $213 billion in dividends to date, which is more than they received in support.

Since 2008, Congress has debated with how to reform Fannie and Freddie to help ensure that the government is never in the position of having to bail them out again. That debate is now pushed back to 2015.


  1. Donna says:

    I think it is unfair that once you short sale a home that you have to wait longer to buy now. That just defeats the reason they got rid of their home in the first place. Our bank charged us 242 and sold it for 136, now did they rip us off or what. I mean the people that short sold want to take advantage of these low prices too. Very unfair. Then by that time the prices will go sky high again, and starts all over again. Very bad change they made.

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