Housing Finance Working Paper Series
This paper (an update of HF-006) analyzes the performance of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two major Government-Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) in the conventional secondary mortgage market, in meeting the housing goals established by HUD for 1998-2000. It also presents information on detailed borrower, locational, and loan characteristics of single-family mortgages purchased by the GSEs in this period. The report is based on the loan-level data that the GSEs submit annually to the Department. The paper finds that the GSEs passed all of their housing goals in 1998-2000 and generally achieved the highest levels of performance on the housing goals to date in 2000. It also finds that in most areas, by 2000 Freddie Mac had eliminated the performance gap with Fannie Mae that had existed in previous years.