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The Post 200 is an annual snapshot of the companies, law firms, nonprofits and other organizations that power our local economy. Here's a look at this year's list.


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Today Freddie Mac is making home possible for 1 in 4 homebuyers and is one of the largest sources of financing for multifamily housing. (Courtesy of Freddie Mac)

Financial services

2. Freddie Mac

Formally known as the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., Freddie Mac is chartered by the government to help finance mortgage loans. It does this by purchasing mortgages from banks and others and then packaging them into securities to be sold to investors. The U.S. government placed the company in conservatorship to avoid a collapse during the housing crisis. But the company still remains a force, providing $2.15 billion in liquidity to the market in the first half of 2012, helping more than 1 million families buy or refinance their home, or rent a place to live.

Trivia

Since 2009, the company has financed 7 million single-family homes and 1.1 million units of multifamily rental housing.

McLean

703-903-2000

Founded: 1970

CEO: Donald H. Layton

Revenue: $7840000000

Assets: $2147216000000

Employees (local): 4907 (4459)

NOTE: Our methodology for the rankings.
DATE: Dec. 17, 2012
CREDIT: Dan Beyers, Sarah Halzack, Greg Linch, Jason Bartz - The Washington Post.