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  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Feel like you've missed out on the week's housing news? Catch up right here with our weekly roundup of key stories from around the country.

  • The Down Payment Math Challenge

    If you're in the market to buy a home, the amount of your down payment is likely top of mind: three percent, five percent, 10 or 20. There's no right answer for everyone; what is right for you depends on some key factors, namely your savings and monthly budget.

  • Who Do I Call...For Mortgage Help During Financial Hardship?

    If a major event in your personal life has dealt a long–term blow to your finances, are you wondering whether you might have your monthly mortgage payment lowered to fit your reduced income?

  • Forecasting 2017 with Freddie Mac's Chief Economist

    As 2016 gives way to 2017, we move away from recapping the year that was and transition to prognosticating the year to come.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Mortgage rates continue to move lower — good news for buyers and for homeowners looking to refinance. See our weekly roundup for the latest media stories.

  • 3 Benefits of Credit Risk Transfer

    Credit risk transfer is changing the way the U.S. residential housing market is funded. Learn about its 3 main benefits.

  • Improve Your Homebuying Odds: Get Pre-Approved

    Anyone looking to buy — especially in a competitive market — should ask a reputable lender to pre–approve them for a mortgage.

  • This Tool Makes It Easier to Manage Your Money

    If your resolution is to get into a new home this year, it's important to understand how to manage your money. In fact, this knowledge is valuable in any case.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Check out our summary of some of the week's most interesting housing headlines. Whether you're looking to buy, rent, or refinance, there's news of note for you.

  • Steps to Better Credit

    Our Building Better Credit guide lays out the steps you can take to establish and maintain good credit, as well as improve your credit today.

  • Are You On the Right Track? Understanding Your Credit Score.

    Your credit score is a vital piece of a lender's credit decision, influencing the credit that's made available to you and the terms that you're offered. How is your score calculated?

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    What are the experts predicting for housing in 2017? Check out our roundup of some of the week's top housing headlines for that story and more.

  • Calculating Renting vs. Buying

    Our rent vs. buy calculator can help you map out the financial differences between renting and buying.

  • Hacks for Un-Decking the Hall

    The decorations that are so exciting to hang up can be just as daunting to take down as we move from the season of 'Deck the Halls' to the season of 'What do I do with it all?'

  • Renting & Buying: Meet the Pros

    Both renting and buying have a lot of pros. Meet them now.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    It's been a quiet week in advance of the New Year's holiday, but housing stories were still making headlines. We've collected some of the highlights in our weekly summary.

  • The Best of 2016

    See what interesting things you might have missed from this year's top 10 blog list.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    While 2016 comes to a strong close, 2017 predictions keep rolling in.

  • Home for the Holidays

    When we make our mission personal, we change people's lives. Follow along as our Community Crew volunteers give back and help Andrea Morgan in her journey to peace, joy and home.

  • Who Do I Call...About a Letter I Received from Freddie Mac?

    Did you receive a letter from Freddie Mac with the subject, 'Borrower Notification: Freddie Mac Has Purchased Your Loan' but don't know what it means or what to do about it?

  • Celebrating Home

    This holiday season, we take time to be thankful for what matters most: home and family.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Mortgage interest rates and housing affordability were top of mind this week.

  • 5 Ways to Reduce Heating Bills

    There are dozens of ways a homeowner can reduce their heating bills. Here are fives ways that provide a good return on investment, are fairly easy to accomplish and are relatively inexpensive when compared with other energy improvements.

  • Looking to Improve Your Financial Savvy in 2017? Get CreditSmart

    Our free program can help you build or repair your credit, avoid costly scams, and make sound financial decisions. Get CreditSmart today.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Is now a good time to invest in real estate? Read what one influential voice is saying in our roundup of top housing headlines from the week.

  • Homebuyers: Is $10,000 Waiting for You?

    Eighty–seven percent of U.S. homes are eligible for one or more homeownership programs. The down payment program benefit most frequently found? About $10,000! Could you qualify?

  • 10 Hot Housing Markets for 2017

    While most predict that the housing market will cool off slightly next year, 10 cities will remain hot thanks in large part to Millennials and Baby Boomers.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Mortgage rates, home sales and prices are rising, and so are conforming loan limits. Find these stories and more in this week's headlines.

  • Extra Credit for Managing Your Finances Well

    Your credit score reflects your record of paying bills and other debts on time, and it's a major factor in whether you'll get that apartment lease or home mortgage. (It's also important if you want to apply for some other credit line.)

  • Borrowing Power to Increase Nationwide in 2017

    New rules mean you may be able to borrow more next year.

  • A Day for Sharing and Giving Thanks

    Family and friends. Marshmallows on sweet potatoes. Green bean casserole. Pie. A food–induced nap, followed by more pie. Football all day. Thanksgiving is a time to step back from our day–to–day and appreciate what and who we have in our lives.

  • The Rental Experience is Satisfying and More Affordable Than Owning

    Freddie Mac's September survey of the nation's renters saw an increase in the percentage who said they are satisfied with the rental experience and a steady majority who expect to rent their next residence.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Tenants are concerned about rising rents, but that's not the only expense they're keeping their eye on. Find that story and other highlights from the week in our headlines roundup.

  • 4 Minutes to a Safer You

    International Fraud Week is a good time to learn what scams are out there and how to protect yourself. Take 4 minutes to watch these 4 videos to become a safer renter and homebuyer today.

  • Considering A Manufactured Home?

    Forget what you think you know about manufactured homes. With prices averaging $71,300, they might just be the affordable housing option you're looking for.

  • Higher Utility Bills Bigger Worry Than Rising Rents

    More renters worry about rising utility costs than rent hikes, but nearly half are willing to pay more for green energy– and water–saving features, says the latest national renter survey from Freddie Mac.

  • A Salute to Our Veterans

    This Veterans Day, in communities across the nation, we pay special tribute to veterans and their families.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Housing news took a backseat this week as the election drove the bulk of the media coverage. Still, some noteworthy stories made headlines.

  • PMI: Your Top Questions Answered

    Private mortgage insurance (PMI) is a big topic for homeowners and homebuyers alike and there is good reason, namely your wallet. Follow along as we share the top questions received today, along with the answers.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Considering buying a home? This week's headlines roundup includes a rundown of some of the most useful apps and websites. Click through to check out the full list.

  • Moving Housing Forward

    Our progress in becoming a more competitive company continues to move housing forward.

  • Don't be Spoofed: It's a Wrap

    With the wrap up of National Cyber Security Awareness month, it's a good time to reflect and take some steps to become more cyber savvy. Today learn how to protect your mortgage application from identity thieves.

  • What Do Homebuying and High School Have in Common?

    Counselors who can help you succeed. A high–school guidance counselor might have advised you on what you needed to do to graduate and the path you might take toward your future. A housing counselor can advise you on how to become and stay a homeowner.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    How does your city rank when it comes to your ability to build wealth? That's one of the stories we're highlighting this week. Read on for the full list.

  • The Energy Revolution and You

    The topic of clean energy has been on the table for decades, with many left wondering if it would ever take flight. Well, it has, and it's power is making a big impact on the environment and your wallet.

  • Don't be Spoofed: Take Two

    National Cyber Security Awareness month is a good time to reflect and take some steps to become more cyber savvy. Today's topic? Online rental scams.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Hispanic homebuyers, Millennials, underwater borrowers — there's something for all of you in today's collection of noteworthy media headlines from the past seven days.

  • A Down Payment of Less than 20% Is OK. Really.

    Did you know that the average down payment among first–time homebuyers is 6% and it's 13–14% for repeat buyers, according to the National Association of Realtors®? It's possible to put down even less.

  • Baby Boomer Myths: Up-Close and Personal with Sean Becketti, Chief Economist

    Baby Boomers comprise one-quarter of the population but own two-thirds of the housing wealth. Their decisions will reshape our housing market in the coming years. Freddie Mac's chief economist uses our latest survey results to bust some myths about 55+ homeowners and renters.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Help is available for many homebuyers looking for a mortgage with a low down payment. That's just one of the stories we've corralled for this week's headline roundup.