Mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have each bid to manage home loans the U.S. Treasury will purchase under its multibillion dollar program to soak up bad mortgage bets, said two sources familiar with the companies' bid.
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"They ... have some skills in this area," said James Lockhart, the chief regulator for the companies that are now in government-run. "Whether it is contacts with the banks that hold these loans. Whether it is servicing or whatever."