Mortgage Loans 101: Who or What is Freddie Mac?
Written by: Brandon Cornett
Freddie Mac can help you obtain a home mortgage loan.
But while Freddie Mac might sound like a generous uncle, it's
more closely related to Uncle Sam. So what is Freddie Mac, and
how does it help you when buying a home?
Freddie Mac is the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, a
private corporation founded by Congress in 1970. Freddie Mac
supports the secondary mortgage market by purchasing residential
mortgage loans, securitizing them, and selling them to investors
(usually through Wall Street).
By purchasing mortgage loans, Freddie Mac increases the
availability and affordability of home loans for low- and
So while you won't normally deal with them directly, Freddie Mac
has a major impact on the price of mortgage loans -- something
that does affect you directly.
Here's how Freddie Mac explains their primary benefit to home
buyers. The following passage comes from their website,
"Currently, we buy one mortgage every seven seconds to help
finance one in six American homes ... Because Freddie Mac
exists, millions of Americans benefit from lower interest rates,
readily available home mortgage credit, a wide choice of
mortgage products and reduced loan origination costs."
Educating Home Buyers
Freddie Mac also plays a major role in educating home buyers.
Their website offers a lot of informative (and credible)
articles on home ownership, home buying, mortgages and more. To
use these resources, visit www.FreddieMac.com.
* Copyright 2006, Brandon Cornett. You may republish this
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About the author:
Brandon Cornett is the editor of HomeBuyingInstitute.com, one of
the Internet's largest libraries of home buying
information -- over 100 expert articles on home buying and
loans! Learn more at: http://www.HomeBuyingIn
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