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The Curious Case of the Jumbo Mortgage

October 16, 2013 9:06 am

Today we are pleased to have Miranda Marquit, a writer for RateZip.com, as our guest blogger.  - The KCM Crew dollar power and elephantThough it may feel like yesterday, it's been about half a decade since the housing bubble burst and the subprime mortgage crisis hit. In September 2008, the United States government took over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Since then, the mortgage industry has undergone fundamental changes, experiencing both increased regulation and a large shift toward nationalization. To give you an idea of the size of these changes, in 2006 around 30% of mortgage loans in the US were backed by a government guarantee. This number rose to around 90% in 2012.

Private vs. Government Funding