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VOL. 127 | NO. 218 | Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Freddie Mac Posts $2.9 Billion Net Income

By MARCY GORDON

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Mortgage giant Freddie Mac posted net income of $2.9 billion for the July-September quarter, its second straight profitable quarter.

The government-controlled company attributed the gain to rising home prices and fewer mortgage delinquencies.

Freddie paid a dividend of $1.8 billion to the U.S. Treasury and requested no additional federal aid.

The increase compared with a loss of $6 billion for the same quarter of 2011. It also marked the sixth quarter in which Freddie sought no additional aid since being taken over by the government in September 2008.

The gain “was driven by favorable market conditions, including the continued improvement in the housing market,” Freddie CEO Donald Layton said in a statement.

The government rescued Freddie and larger sibling Fannie Mae during the 2008 financial crisis after both incurred massive losses on risky mortgages. Taxpayers have spent about $170 billion to rescue them, the costliest bailout of the 2008 financial crisis.

Under a new federal policy announced last summer, Fannie and Freddie have to turn over all profits they earn every quarter to the government. The change was made to ensure the companies pay the government back.

Freddie requested no government aid in the second quarter, after asking for $19 million in the first quarter. The company received $7.6 billion for all of 2011 and $13 billion for all of 2010.

Fannie and Freddie are required to pay 10 percent dividends on the government money they receive.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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MORTGAGES 114 591 17,349
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 11 93 3,391
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