The agreement settles disputes over troubled mortgages.
Under the terms of the recent agreement, Bank of America said it will pay the housing finance giant $3.6 billion and will also spend $6.75 billion to buy back mortgages from Fannie Mae at a discount to their original value. All of the lender’s disputes with Fannie Mae would be resolved. The bank settled its fight with Freddie Mac, the other government-owned mortgage finance giant, in 2011.
“Together, these agreements are a significant step in resolving our remaining legacy mortgage issues, further streamlining and simplifying the company and reducing expenses over time,” Brian Moynihan, Bank of America’s chief executive, said in a statement.
Countrywide is the same subsidiary that agreed to pay $335 million to settle allegations that its financial unit discriminated against qualified Black and Hispanic borrowers between 2004 and 2008.
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