Freddie Mac Suspends Foreclosure Sales through 3-6-09

For Immediate Release
February 13, 2009
or (703) 903-3933

McLean, VA ā€“ Freddie Mac (NYSE: FRE) today announced it is immediately suspending all foreclosure sales involving occupied single family and 2-4 unit properties with Freddie Mac-owned mortgages through March 6, 2009. The suspension does not apply to vacant properties.

The extension will provide servicers with more time to help troubled borrowers find an alternative to foreclosure.

Freddie Mac gives lenders servicing its mortgages broad authority to provide forbearance to borrowers facing financial difficulties, and permanent rate reductions, mortgage term extensions, forbearance of principal or other modifications to borrowers who are already delinquent. (For more about Freddie Mac workout options, see

Freddie Mac was established by Congress in 1970 to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the nation’s residential mortgage markets. Freddie Mac supports communities across the nation by providing mortgage capital to lenders. Over the years, Freddie Mac has made home possible for one in six homebuyers and more than five million renters.

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