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  • 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.

  • 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.