And so we have to be careful with looking at additional stimulus that we don't provoke an increase in the bond rate and then offset a lot of the stimulus we've already got.
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It creates a contrast between their ideas and ours. We are perfectly happy to be judged by that contrast.
The mortgage is the largest obligation that people take on and it's very expensive to get a mortgage and very painful. It's not a fun process. So we've invested quite a bit of money in using the Internet and e-commerce to make it easier. Fannie Mae has become one of the largest e-commerce companies in the world. Last year, we underwrote through automated underwriting and electronically, two and a half million loans, 300 billion of transactions. This year will be over 400 billion. So e-commerce is moving into the mortgage sector and it's going to affect everybody.
We think if the economy remains weak that we could see mortgage rates trail down and we think that we could see rates below seven percent into early next year.
Well, you know, we've got a lot of stimulus in the economy already from the tax cut, from the lowered interest rates, and also from the refinancing of mortgages.
It will be the second-best year in housing history, and we believe it will be a very strong year for Fannie Mae,
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