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Who are Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Ginnie Mae, and what do they have to do with home loans?
Fannie Mae is the more personalized name for The Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA), Freddie Mac is a similar name for The Federal National Mortgage Loan Corporation (FHLMC), and Ginnie Mae refers to the Government National Mortgage Association (GNMA). Fannie and Freddie are quasi-governmental agencies which serve as a conduit between the capital markets of Wall Street and home lending across the United States. Ginnie Mae performs a similar function for government FHA and VA home loans.