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Fannie and Freddie's Role in the Housing Crisis

Myth 1: The government-sponsored housing finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had nothing to do with the housing crisis. They were simply innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire.

Fact 1: Fannie and Freddie contributed to the housing crisis by making it easier for more people to take out loans for houses they could not afford. Beginning in 2000, Fannie and Freddie took on loans with low FICO scores, loans with low down payments, and loans with little or no documentation.

Myth 2: Fannie and Freddie's role in the housing market increased home ownership, especially for first-time buyers and lower income earners.

Fact 2: The small increase in home ownership rates were temporary and artificial, driven by unsustainable incentives. In the best case scenario, Fannie and Freddie may have increased the home ownership rate from 63 percent to 69 percent, but now the rate has fall

Added: Mar-4-2011 
By: jbpnw
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Tags: fannie mae freddie mac, home ownership, housing crisis, economy
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