Fannie Mae provides a stable source of liquidity to the mortgage market and supports the availability and affordability of housing in the United States. We operate in the secondary mortgage market, primarily working with lenders. We do not originate loans or lend money directly to consumers in the primary mortgage market. Instead, we securitize mortgage loans originated by lenders into Fannie Mae mortgage-backed securities that we guarantee (which we refer to as Fannie Mae MBS or our MBS); purchase mortgage loans and mortgage-related securities, primarily for securitization and sale at a later date; manage mortgage credit risk; and engage in other activities that support the supply of affordable housing. Through our single-family and multifamily business segments, we provided $512 billion in liquidity to the mortgage market in 2018, which enabled the financing of approximately 3 million home purchases, refinancings or rental units.
Fannie Mae Provided $512 Billion in Liquidity in 2018
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