Obama administration proposes mortgage system overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is laying out three broad options for overhauling the mortgage lending system, but will let Congress make the final decision. The Treasury Department says in a report released Friday that the government should withdraw its support for the mortgage market slowly, over five years or more. The report describes a path for winding down the troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The three options are: end the government's role in guaranteeing most mortgages; support the mortgage market only in times of stress; or provide a government guarantee for mortgage investments created by private companies. The bailouts of Fannie and Freddie have cost taxpayers nearly $150 billion.

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