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  • Homeownership: Beyond the Mortgage

    The financial obligations of owning a home are more than just paying the mortgage. Similar to owning a car, your home will need regular upkeep to keep it safe and in great shape.

  • The Math Behind Putting Less Than 20% Down

    Did you know that you could buy a home with a down payment of less than 20%? Lots of people do. Want to join them? Find out how all of the numbers add up.

  • How New Homeowners Can Keep Lawns and Wallets Green

    Smart landscaping and lawn care are essential to protecting the value of the most expensive thing you are ever likely to buy: your home.

  • Five Benefits of Homeownership You Need to Know

    If you're looking to take the plunge into homeownership, its likely you've made a pros and cons list. Here are five things that should go straight to the top of your pros list.

  • Meet the Team: Lender

    Lenders will help you understand your mortgage options, terms, closing costs, and more.

  • Renters Benefit from Our Latest Milestone

    Freddie Mac surpassed a major milestone this week — and you're the winner.

  • Meet the Team: Real Estate Agent

    You're going to be spending a lot of time with your agent so it's important to find someone who gets you.

  • Meet the Team: Housing Counselor

    While many people want to jump straight into the house–hunting part of the buying process, it's important to understand what the process entails first.

  • Spring Homebuying Season: Quiz #2

    How much have you learned about the difference between the first and second–time homebuying experience? Take the quiz and let us know if you're a homebuying all–star.

  • Celebrating Homeownership

    This June we're celebrating National Homeownership Month by providing helpful tips on buying and owning.

  • What's the Point?

    Today's infographic considers 3 important questions to help you get the point on points.

  • How Much Does it Cost to Sell Your Home?

    We all know that buying a home costs money, however, selling a home is costing homeowners across the country a surprising amount.

  • Tackling the Affordable Housing Crisis

    As demand for affordable rental housing continues to increase, our nation's supply is not keeping up.

  • What Do Today's Mortgage Rates Mean for You?

    Can you afford to buy a house? It's a question that's become more difficult to answer — especially because the data differs for everyone.

  • The Right Fit

    When it comes to home buying, which should come first? The house or the mortgage?

  • The Chicken or The Egg of Real Estate

    If you're looking to buy your second, or 'move up' home, you may be faced with the difficult decision of what to do first: list your home or make an offer. Follow along as we detail some important factors that may help you on your journey.

  • Getting Better and Better

    Our transformation into a more competitive company is building a better housing finance system for homebuyers, renters, lenders and taxpayers.

  • 2 x 10 Toes = We Need More Room!

    Our first home was absolutely perfect — until kids came along and we quickly outgrew it. Follow my journey of 'moving up' and moving out.

  • Spring Homebuying Season: Quiz Time!

    How much have you learned about the first–time homebuying experience? Test your knowledge!

  • Closing the Deal: Sign Here and Here and...

    Check out the infographic which highlights the traditional closing process, so you can know what to expect on your closing day!

  • Keep Breathing: You've Decided to Make an Offer

    Here's an outline of the traditional offer process so you can know what to except when it's your turn to make the deal!

  • Two Freddie Mac Leaders on List of Most Important People in CRE Finance

    Commercial Observer magazine listed Freddie Mac leaders David Brickman and John Cannon on their list of the most important people in CRE finance.

  • How Far Will Your Funds Go?

    Steps to get a handle on how much you can borrow.

  • Get the Real Scoop on Down Payments

    Believe that you need to make a down payment of at least 20% to buy a home? You have lots of company. Putting down that much money upfront certainly has benefits, but it's not required.

  • Urban or Suburban?

    Buying a home is a big deal, so finding the right one that fits your needs is especially important and can have long–term impacts on both your wallet and your quality of life.

  • 9 Times in 10, It's Affordable

    Around 90% of the units that Freddie Mac Multifamily funds offer rents that are affordable to low– and moderate–income households. Our funding is vital to making sure that renters across the country have access to adequate, affordable apartment homes.

  • PROVE You're Serious by Getting Pre-APPROVED

    This year's Spring Homebuying Season is hot! Improve your odds of getting into a home by getting pre–approved.

  • Nine Housing Markets Without Room To Stretch

    The April Insight looks at some of the factors that drive the location decisions of ordinary families trying to live in the most expensive metros in the U.S.

  • Diversity at Work: When Collaboration Fuels Success

    Freddie Mac's Loan Advisor Suite benefits from different perspectives.

  • Say What? Learning the Homebuying Language

    Here's a quick cheat sheet of must–know terms that'll help you navigate the homebuying process. Print it out or pull it up on your phone and you'll sound like a pro in no time!

  • Kicking off the Spring Homebuying Season: Meet Nicole

    As a recent first–time homebuyer, I'm excited to share my journey with you over the next couple of weeks!

  • Why the 30-year Fixed Rate Wins 'Most Popular'

    Of all of the mortgage products out there, the 30–year, fixed–rate mortgage reigns as the most popular. Find out why it's been the favorite for years.

  • Need a Spring Refresh? Consider Refinishing Your Kitchen Cabinets

    Refinishing kitchen cabinets is a popular DIY project that takes time and attention to detail, but the results will revitalize the look of your kitchen at a fraction of the cost of a full remodel.

  • What's that Sizzle? It's the 2017 Homebuying Season.

    The 2017 Spring homebuying season is already off to a hot start and activity is expected to grow throughout the year. Why so fast out of the gate? Let's find out.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Miss some of the week's housing–related news? We've combed through the headlines for you and captured some highlights.

  • March Madness: Host City Advantage

    As hopeful fans cheer on their teams during the 2017 NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament, the housing industry is revving up for Spring Homebuying Season.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Mortgage rates are up, and so are home prices. You'll find both stories and more in our weekly rundown of some of the top housing news.

  • Who Do I Call...For Mortgage Help After a HAMP Interest-rate Reset?

    Have you fallen behind on your monthly mortgage payments since the interest rate reset on your HAMP–modified loan and wondered if there's a way to help you get back on track?

  • Get Out Your Crystal Ball!

    See what Freddie Mac has been up to lately.

  • Saturdays + Spring = Seller's Sweet Spot

    Homes listed during these two weeks sell on average nine days faster and for 1 percent more (about $1,500) than the average listing.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Need some tips as we head into the spring homebuying season? USA Today has you covered. You'll find that story, along with other housing highlights from the week, in our roundup.

  • Freddie Mac Is a Tech Company?

    Discover why Freddie Mac is being seen as a tech company.

  • Serious Delinquency Rate Dips Below 1%

    For the first time in nearly a decade, our single–family serious delinquency rate fell below 1%.

  • The Importance of Affordable Housing and Homeownership

    In commemoration of Black History Month, Freddie Mac held a panel discussion on the company's commitment to affordable housing, particularly in the African American community.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Lots of mortgage numbers in the news this week. Check out our rundown of some of the top housing stories to see why they matter.

  • What Renters Can Expect This Year

    More newly built apartments are likely to become available in 2017 than in 2016. But it won't be much easier to find an affordable apartment to rent this year in most areas, according to Freddie Mac's Multifamily 2017 Outlook.

  • Remodeling Tips for Aging in Your Home

    More than 60 percent of homeowners ages 55 and up say they would prefer to age in place versus downsize. Check out some remodeling strategies to ensure a safe and comfortable living environment that meets life's changing needs.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    The Motley Fool has an interesting read titled '4 Mortgage Fears and How to Fix Them.' It's just one of the stories we're featuring in our weekly media roundup.

  • Moving Housing Forward

    Our transformation into a more competitive company continues to move housing forward.

  • Celebrate Frederick Douglass on His 199th Birthday

    Born a slave, escaped to freedom. Educated himself, became a scholar. Acted as a champion of freedom and equality for all, Frederick Douglass still is an inspiration.