How does Freddie Mac differ from Fannie Mae and Ginnie Mae?

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Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have the same charters, Congressional mandates and regulatory structure. The two companies, however, have different business strategies. Competition between Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae ensures that the benefits of the secondary market are passed on to homebuyers and renters in the form of lower housing costs. Ginnie Mae is a government agency within HUD created by Congress to ensure adequate funds exclusively for government loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Veterans Administration.
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