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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Take on the Free Market

Michael Hoffman | United States

The privatization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac seems to be on the U.S. Treasury and Trump administration’s agenda, and with everyone predicting that a recession is on the horizon, it’s starting to feel like 2008 again.

From the Austrian perspective, allowing the Federal National Mortgage Association and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation to revert back to quasi-market-based institutions is optimal because it will open up competition and more realistic price discovery in terms of home financing and real estate prices (though not as much as we’d like to see).

With over 50 proposals to overhaul the real estate market, including a “smaller” role in the housing market for the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the plan seeks to aid those who want to see housing become more affordable. Sounds good right? Not so fast. As the proverbial saying goes, be sure to read the fine print, since no one will be more affected by these potential political and economic changes than prospective American homeowners.

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