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  • Myth vs. Fact: Down Payments

    Down payment requirements are one of the biggest misconceptions in the market. Today we're debunking the top 2 myths.

  • Avoiding Repair Scams After a Disaster

    Fraud artists who show up after disasters promise quick, quality repairs but then overcharge, do shoddy work, or skip town with the insurance money before the job is done. Here's how to protect yourself.

  • Making an Offer: Getting Started

    You've found the perfect home and you're ready to make an offer. Where should you start? The first step is understanding what you can afford.

  • Celebrating Labor Day

    Labor Day is more than just a long-weekend and the start of a new school year. It's a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Lots of thought-provoking media coverage this week to get you through the holiday weekend. Read on for a list of some of the stories that caught our eye.

  • 4 Reasons to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

    It's not just about lower utility bills. Learn about all the reasons that drive today's homebuyers and homeowners to be green at home.

  • Myth vs. Fact: Mortgage Refinancing

    Today's mortgage interest rates are at historic lows. So if you've been on the fence about whether to refi, this may be the time. Today we're dispelling the top two myths about refinancing.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Where is it easiest to get a mortgage? That story from CNBC is just one of this week's most interesting housing headlines.

  • Good News for HARP: More Time, Low Rates

    HARP, one of the most successful crisis-era programs for homeowners has been extended to September 30, 2017. If you haven't acted yet, you now have more time to take advantage of today's low rates.

  • Sales on Track Despite Limited Housing Stock & Rising House Prices

    How are home sales looking now that we're more than half way through 2016?

  • Green? Or Just a Shade of Green?

    If you're in the market to buy an energy-efficient home, take note of a practice called 'greenwashing' that may oversell the true 'green.' Is it really energy-efficient or are you being misled by a mere lightbulb?

  • Myth vs. Fact: 3% Down Mortgage

    Not sure you qualify for our 3% down mortgage? Today we're dispelling the top two myths about what it takes.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    No shortage of media focus this week on Millennials. To see why, check out our weekly collection of some of the most interesting housing headlines.

  • Myth vs. Fact: PMI

    Confused about PMI? You're not alone. So today we're dispelling the top two myths.

  • Knowledge is Power. Really.

    One of the first steps for saving on your utility bills is to determine how much energy your appliances use. What trumps what — the computer, dishwasher or clothes dryer — for making your bills soar? Find out.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    In the news this week, the housing market continues its recovery — but are some people being left behind? You'll find that coverage and more in our roundup.

  • 15 Low-Cost Money-Saving Energy Tips: You've Got the Power

    The typical U.S. family spends at least $2,200 a year on home utility bills. These bills are a part of life, however many don't realize the power they have to cut this figure by up to 25%. Find out how and start saving today.

  • 3.4 Million Homeowners Have Saved Big $$$ Through HARP. Could You?

    If you're underwater on your mortgage and could use extra cash in your wallet, call your lender today and ask if HARP can help you.

  • Giving Rentals a Green Advantage(sm) for Working Families

    Freddie Mac Multifamily's Green Advantage is a better way to harness the value that energy and water efficiency can bring to multifamily projects (lower utilities and operating costs), the working families who rent them (lower individual utility bills), and the environment where we all live.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Which housing stories captured the headlines this week? No need to guess - we've rounded up some of the most interesting for you.

  • Would You Pass This Quiz?

    Understanding and keeping a handle on your finances and credit history is essential. To gauge the American public's financial knowledge and decision-making skills, the National Financial Capability Study includes a 5-question test. Find out how you stack up: Take the test now.

  • Going Green: Tax Credits & Rebates

    In the market to make energy-efficient improvements to your home? Be sure to check out federal tax credits and product rebates from your state and local governments and utility company to help offset your up front costs.

  • Moving Housing Forward

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

  • Chris Boyle Wins HousingWire Women of Influence Kudos

    Congratulations to Chris Boyle, Freddie Mac Single-Family SVP of Sales & Relationship Management, for being recognized among the housing industry's top 'Women of Influence' by HousingWire.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Whether you're buying or selling, younger or older, new-house hunting, condo shopping or renting, there's housing news of note this week for you. Check out our collection of headlines.

  • Six Down, Six to Go

    We're essentially half way through 2016. So how are homes sales doing?

  • Freddie Mac Multifamily: Innovation in San Francisco

    Here's what it took to keep 1400 apartments in 15 buildings affordable to seniors and low-income families in San Francisco.

  • Financing Your Green: Three Critical Questions to Ask

    If you're looking to finance energy efficient improvements for your home, your first step is to get educated on today's programs to avoid financial pitfalls in the future. Dig in and get clear answers to your questions.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    It's been a low-key week on the housing front, but we've still managed to dig through the headlines and find stories that matter. Check out our weekly summary.

  • Expect the Unexpected Housing Choices in Retirement

    The way renters age 55 and older predict they'll spend their retirement years can be quite different from what they actually experience, according to the Freddie Mac 55+ Survey findings.

  • Faces of HARP Success

    Homeowners nationwide continue to reap significant savings by refinancing through the HARP, with an average savings of $2,400 per year. HARP expires at the end of this year - don't let the savings window close on you.

  • Multifamily: Innovation is Happening

    The first half of 2016 was a showcase of creative solutions, out-of-the-box thinking, strong relationship building, and tangible business results. Here are just a few examples of how Freddie Mac Multifamily has been moving rental housing forward since January.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    House prices are up, but some big cities still have a good supply of affordable homes. Click through for that story and more in our weekly roundup.

  • ISO Down Payment Help?

    If you're in the market to buy your first home, but know you'll need some help with your down payment or closing costs, assistance may be right under your nose.

  • Discount Movie Tickets and Rental Homes

    Something you might enjoy in your mid-50s and beyond: Becoming eligible for discounts at movie theaters, restaurants, and other entertainment venues. You also might prefer to sell your home and rent your next one, or move from your current apartment to another. You'd be in good company.

  • 5 Lessons from the Crisis

    During the crisis, we learned there were 5 major factors for successful loss mitigation.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Mortgage rates drop again and approach their all-time lows. Read on for more noteworthy headlines in our weekly roundup.

  • 3 Steps to 3% Down

    3% down in today's market is the real deal. Today we're sharing 3 steps to a 3% down Freddie Mac Home Possible Advantage mortgage.

  • How Well Do You Know Your Red, White, and Blue?

    July 4th is a holiday to spend with family and friends, enjoying backyard barbecues, and, of course, watching fireworks. It's also the day we celebrate our nation's birthday and the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    The last time the homeownership rate in the U.S. hit 50% was in the 1940s. Could it happen again? That story and more in our weekly news roundup.

  • 3 Benefits of Credit Risk Transfer

    Credit risk transfer is changing the way a significant portion of the U.S. single-family housing market is funded. Learn about it's 3 main benefits.

  • Home Searches Made Easier

    Register today for a free HomeSteps.com Home Search Account to keep track of your recent searches and receive weekly notifications of new home listings.

  • HARP: Get the Facts and Act Fast

    Over 3.4 million homeowners have been helped through HARP, yet many eligible homeowners are still sitting on the sidelines due to common myths about the program. Follow along as we deliver the facts.

  • Time to Test Your Homebuying Smarts

    Take the time to see what you learned in our 'It's About Time' blog series quiz.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    We've waded through the week's housing news so you don't have to. Here are just some of the interesting headlines we came across.

  • Ahead in May

    We still have some ground to make up but housing remains a bright spot in the economy.

  • Many Returns of the Day, USDA!

    Congratulations to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development on its Single-Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program's 25th anniversary! Freddie Mac looks forward to working together even more closely over the next 25.

  • $650 Billion And Going Strong

    We're celebrating an important corporate milestone — the transfer of a significant amount of mortgage credit risk on $650 billion in unpaid principal balance of single-family and multifamily loans.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Mortgage rates hit a three-year low. Check out that story and more in this week's headline roundup.

  • Who to Contact After Closing

    You were lucky enough to find and buy your dream home during this spring homebuying season. Now you have questions about your loan, so who should you call?