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  • 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.

  • Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, What Can Your Tax Return Do for You?

    Have you gotten your refund already or are you planning on filing soon? Here are 3 ways your tax return could bring you closer to homeownership.

  • Stop Guessin' and Stressin'

    Overwhelmed by the homebuying process? We're debunking mortgage myths to get you in the know and into a new home — so put your mind at ease!

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    It turns out that Hispanics were the only ethnic group to increase their homeownership rate last year. That story tops our housing week in review — read on for more.

  • Who Do I Call...If I Need Mortgage Help While I'm Unemployed?

    Are you struggling financially because you lost your job and want to know whether there's a way to reduce the strain of trying to make your monthly mortgage payments until you find a new job?

  • Need Housing Help? Start Here

    At one of the 14 Freddie Mac–sponsored borrower help centers across the country, you can get tips and tools to prepare for homeownership.

  • It's All About You

    Homebuyers and homeowners directly influence how Freddie Mac does business even though you're not our direct customers.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Home prices rise while mortgage rates stand pat. Both stories are among the media reports we're following this week.

  • Finding the One

    Today we're wrapping up our new year, new home blog series with tips on how to choose the right location and the right type of home for you.

  • Who Do I Call...If I Need to Move for a Military or Other Job Relocation?

    Do you need to relocate within a tight timeframe because of a permanent change of military station or other job transfer and want to explore options for selling your home quickly?

  • The Cost of Moving In

    Whether you're moving across town or across the country, you'll need to budget for the cost of transporting yourself and everything you own to a new home.

  • 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.