“Eighteen months after the government seized them, the secondary-market giants no longer focus on gaining market share or cultivating partnerships with originators. Their main priorities today are preventing foreclosures and saving taxpayers money.”
“[P]rovide ongoing assistance to the secondary market for residential mortgages…by increasing the liquidity of mortgage investments and improving the distribution of investment capital available for residential mortgage financing; [And] promote access to mortgage credit throughout the Nation (including central cities, rural areas, and underserved areas) by increasing the liquidity of mortgage investments and improving the distribution of investment capital available for residential mortgage financing;”
And of course, the “repurposing” of Fannie/Freddie has had some predictable results. Again from American Banker:
“[We] interviewed more than two dozen mortgage bankers, former GSE executives and other industry members, most of whom did not want to be identified. They painted a picture of radical change in the corporate cultures at Fannie and Freddie, and resulting frustration at their lender partners, who complained that the GSEs have become too risk-averse and bureaucratic.”
Translation: This shift in mission has made them less able to serve their primary purpose – to provide liquidity and access to mortgage credit for homebuyers and homeowners. And with Fannie and Freddie involved in nearly 80% of new mortgages, this is a big deal.
So just remember that when you go to get a home loan at your local bank branch, or anywhere else, at least 78% of the time, the rules they apply to approve or deny your loan come from up on high at Fannie or Freddie.