Who really loses on a foreclosure – the bank? Think Again!

Bank Owned Foreclosure – A Play on Words?  

It is very common to associate a foreclosure with a bank, and this idea is reinforced when we see advertisements for “bank owned” properties.  Mistakenly, we also believe banks are taking the biggest financial hit when a house is sold as a foreclosure.  However, the fact is that in many cases a foreclosure is not owned by a bank.  If not the bank, then who owns these distressed properties and takes the financial  loss?

Understanding Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association) was created in 1938 during the Great Depression by Franklin D. Roosevelt, set up as a government-sponsored enterprise(GSE), and later converted into a publicly traded company in 1968.  Freddie Mac (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.)  was founded in 1970 so Fannie Mae wouldn’t have a monopoly on government-backed mortgages. Their collective purpose is to buy mortgages from savings and loans, banks and lenders to provide cash for more mortgages.  The mortgages purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are packaged into mortgage back securities(MBS) through a process called securitization. This process transforms realtively illiquid loans into highly liquid securities.  Therefore, the bank or lender who originates your loan or that services the loan by collecting monthly payment is probably not the entity that owns the note.

While relatively unknown to the general public, the significance of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to the mortgage market cannot be underestimated.  Combined they hold approximately $5 trillion of  mortgages, about half of the nation’s home loans. Losses to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are expected to approach $400 billion before the foreclosure crisis ends.  The graph to the right from The Cromford Report shows the percentage of distressed sales by city, many of which were owned by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Who really pays for foreclosures?

On September 7, 2008,  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were placed into conservatorship.  The federal government now explicitly guarantees debt issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

In a Jan. 2011 article from the Arizona Republic, Anthony Sanders, a former professor of real estate and finance at ASU stated, “Fannie and Freddie losses are passed onto the taxpayers.”

If you want to know if your loan is owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, click here.  I found out that my loan is owned by Freddie Mac, not the company I mail a check to every month.

The next time you are driving around and see a  HomePath or HomeSteps foreclosure rider on a Phoenix real estate sign, you can be assured that it is a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac foreclosure, not a bank owned property. Additionally, it is not any bank that is taking the loss but the US government,  and ultimately you and I.

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