Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac vs. Ginnie Mae and FHA Loans. Besides Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, there is Ginnie Mae. Unlike Fannie and Freddie, Ginnie is wholly owned by the U.S. government as a public entity, and all mortgage-backed securities that it sells to investors are explicitly backed by the U.S. government.
Mortgage seekers may be told they must meet the requirements of Fannie Mae. Fannie Mae, which stands for the Federal National Mortgage Association, does not do direct loans to borrowers, but it does provide money to the "secondary market," or lenders. Fannie Mae loan guidelines are not as strict as others, such as those for loans backed by the.