Acronyms seem to be everywhere in the mortgage industry. Freddie Mac is one such acronym and an important one when trying to understand how the mortgage industry works.
A Quick Guide to Freddie Mac
Freddie Mac actually stands for the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation. Based in McLean, Virginia, Freddie Mac is a social financing experiment that has worked out very well. It was created in 1970 by the federal government, but is a shareholder owned entity that trades on the New York Stock Exchange. It remains heavily regulated by the government, which makes it one of the few quasi-publicly traded government agencies/business entities. How it became known by that name is anyone's guess, but the company performs a very important function in the mortgage industry.