NEW YORK — Citigroup has agreed to pay $968 million to Fannie Mae to resolve potential future repurchase claims on residential mortgage loans originated between 2000 and 2012.
A sizable group of the loans were originated during the U.S. housing boom. Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bought mortgage loans from banks like Citigroup in the run-up to the financial crisis. Fannie and Freddie teetered as the loans went bad, and they were effectively nationalized in 2008. The government has spent billions to keep Fannie and Freddie afloat.
Fannie and Freddie have since said that the banks misled them by not telling them the true condition of the mortgages they were buying. For several years, they have been demanding that the banks repurchase the mortgages.
The agreement between Citigroup and Fannie Mae covers claims for breaches of representations and warranties on 3.7 million loans. The deal doesn’t release Citigroup’s liability for servicing and other ongoing contractual obligations for the loans.