Bank of America (BOA) said that it paid nearly $1.3 billion to Freddie Mac and more than $1.3 billion to Fannie Mae on Dec. 31 to resolve a faulty mortgage loan dispute involving Countrywide Financial Corp. The $2.6 billion worth of payments to Freddie and Fannie, combined with potential losses on future repurchases from government-sponsored enterprises, adds up to $3 billion in expenses, according to BOA. Bank of America also expects to take an additional $2 billion charge to fourth-quarter results from the decline in the mortgage business, bringing the total impact to the company to $5 billion.
"Our goals remain the same: put these issues behind us; focus on serving customers and clients; and continue to help distressed homeowners facing difficult times," said Bank of America Chief Executive Brian Moynihan. The deals with Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae don't cover loan servicing obligations, other contractual obligations or loans contained in private label securitizations. But the agreements are a sign that the bank is working quickly to deal with buyback claims. Fannie Mae said in a statement that the Bank of America deal was a "fair and responsible resolution" of the outstanding claims. The company said the agreement accounts for about 44% of the $7.7 billion in repurchase requests outstanding with all of its seller servicers as of Sept. 30, 2010.