Fannie Mae is a private corporation that purchases mortgages and sells mortgage-backed securities to investors, among other financial activities. This corporation is officially known as “Federal National Mortgage Association” but is commonly referred to “Fannie Mae”. It has a specific status, though privately owned, as a “government-sponsored enterprise” or “GSE”.
First chartered by the U.S. government in 1938, Fannie Mae was established by the Federal Government to help ensure a reliable and affordable supply of mortgage funds throughout the country. Today it is a shareholder-owned company that operates under a congressional charter.
Fannie Mae Web Site
Fannie Mae Charter Act
About Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
The following is a description of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by the FHFA from its website:
FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were created by Congress. They perform an important role in the nation’s housing finance system – to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the mortgage market. They provide liquidity (ready access to funds on reasonable terms) to the thousands of banks, savings and loans, and mortgage companies that make loans to finance housing.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac buy mortgages from lenders and either hold these mortgages in their portfolios or package the loans into mortgage-backed securities (MBS) that may be sold. Lenders use the cash raised by selling mortgages to the Enterprises to engage in further lending. The Enterprises’ purchases help ensure that individuals and families that buy homes and investors that purchase apartment buildings and other multifamily dwellings have a continuous, stable supply of mortgage money.
By packaging mortgages into MBS and guaranteeing the timely payment of principal and interest on the underlying mortgages, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac attract to the secondary mortgage market investors who might not otherwise invest in mortgages, thereby expanding the pool of funds available for housing. That makes the secondary mortgage market more liquid and helps lower the interest rates paid by homeowners and other mortgage borrowers.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac also can help stabilize mortgage markets and protect housing during extraordinary periods when stress or turmoil in the broader financial system threaten the economy. The Enterprises’ support for mortgage lending that finances affordable housing reduces the cost of such borrowing.
[From the Federal Finance Housing Agency Website: About Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.]
Definition from 15 U.S.C. 78oo [Class of Equity Securities]:
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(c) Definitions. For purposes of this section, the following definitions shall apply:
(1) Federal Home Loan Bank; member
The terms “Federal Home Loan Bank” and “member”, have the same meanings as in section 1422 of title 12.
(2) Federal National Mortgage Association
The term “Federal National Mortgage Association” means the corporation created by the Federal National Mortgage Association Charter Act [12 U.S.C. 1716 et seq.].
(3) Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation
The term “Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation” means the corporation created by the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation Act [12 U.S.C. 1451 et seq.].
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