It’s no secret that for US homeowners, it’s not a seller’s market. But imagine having 65,000 properties to sell. That’s the task ahead of Fannie Mae, NPR reports, as its volume of repossessed homes grows by the day. The guarantor of a third of all loans, Fannie is charged with foreclosing, renovating, valuing, and unloading this massive inventory into the worst housing market in decades.
On average, Fannie spends $10,000 per property renovating and 90 days to make each sale, carefully balancing conflicting mandates to sell homes quickly without undercutting overall housing prices. The firm, now functioning under a government conservatorship, has also instituted a rental program, allowing tenants to remain in foreclosed properties as renters, though only 20 of Fannie’s 1800 tenants have signed leases.