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What Does it Mean for Taxpayers When It’s Always Earthquake Season in California?
In a study released last year, R Street Institute scholars R.J. Lehmann and Daniel Semelsberger found that California is home to approximately two-thirds of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s earthquake risk. These government-sponsored enterprises hold billions of dollars of mortgage debt that is supported by uninsured collateral — California homes. Specifically, the study finds that they hold more than “$355 billion in unpaid principal on mortgages in earthquake-exposed counties, representing 7.3 percent of their combined 2016 mortgage books.”