Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be able to securitize jumbo mortgages originated between July 1, 2007, and the end of this year under the economic stimulus package that the House of Representatives was expected to pass Tuesday afternoon. The stimulus bill (H.R. 5140) temporarily raises the GSE conforming loan limit to 125% of median area home prices in high-cost areas, with a $729,750 cap. H.R. 5140 also includes "sense of Congress" language that encourages the government-sponsored enterprises to securitize the jumbo mortgages -- but leaves it up to Fannie and Freddie to decide the best execution. Fannie Mae president and chief executive Daniel Mudd told Bloomberg News that his preference is to securitize the loans. "That is a good business for us," he said. "It is not capital-intensive. But there may be instances where it makes sense to put them on the balance sheet." The stimulus bill also temporarily raises the loan limits for Federal Housing Administration loans in high-cost areas.

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