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  • How it Works: Mortgage Servicing

    Today in our How It Works series we're focused on mortgage servicing.

  • How It Works: PMI

    If you're in the market to buy a home, you've likely heard the acronym 'PMI.' What is it and how does it work?

  • The Best Year in Home Sales Since 2007!

    Expect home sales to carry this momentum forward in 2016.

  • How it Works: Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs)

    Is an ARM right for you? Learn how they work before making your decision.

  • Credit Risk Transfer: How Does it Work?

    Our new credit risk transfer infographic breaks it down.

  • Law Enforcement Cracking Down on Online Home Rental Scams

    Law enforcement started the year by cracking down on fraudsters using phony online real estate ads to fleece would-be renters.

  • U.S. Housing Market Continues to Show Strong Improvement

    MiMi sees the best housing improvement in a year.

  • How it Works: Underwriting a Mortgage

    Freddie Mac's How It Works series looks at the different steps involved in underwriting a mortgage.

  • How It Works: The Secondary Mortgage Market

    Follow along with our new blog series, where we discuss how things work in the mortgage market, from underwriting your loan to credit risk transfer. To kick off the series, we introduce you to the inner workings of the secondary mortgage market.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Learn about a new tool aimed at helping would-be homebuyers shop for loans. It's one of the media stories we're highlighting in this week's roundup.

  • Introducing the Real Estate Professionals Resource Center

    Check out our new online resource for real estate professionals.

  • In Search of Roommates as Good as Those on TV

    Living with roommates looks like fun on TV. But it can be trickier in real life. Around one-third of working-age adults share an apartment with someone they aren't related to, and could they tell you stories about their experiences!

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Which housing markets will be hot in 2016? Is relief from ever-rising rents in sight? Will the strong purchase market continue? Read on for insights into these questions and other top issues.

  • Looking to Get More Financially Savvy in 2016? Get CreditSmart

    The Freddie Mac CreditSmart® curriculum is your guide to better credit, money management, and responsible homeownership.

  • Get More Apartment for Rent Signs Ready

    It's official: Freddie Mac Multifamily is the leader in U.S. multifamily housing finance for the first time, providing total funding of $47.3 billion in 2015. This achievement represents important contributions to every corner of the multifamily market – including supporting affordability for those who need it most.

  • GSEs Tout UCD Benefits at MISMO Winter Summit

    Learn what the GSEs had to say about the Uniform Closing Dataset yesterday at the annual MISMO Winter Summit.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Which housing and economic issues are making headlines as 2016 gets underway? Early coverage suggests it's going to be another interesting year.

  • Kitchen, Closet, Bathtub?

    Depending on where you want to live, that's how much house $50,000 could buy you.

  • The Top 10

    The results are in. We've run the numbers and here are 10 most-read posts of 2015. See what interesting topics you might have missed.

  • Tips, Bits & Lists: It's a Wrap

    Today we wrap up our 12 days of tips, bits & lists blog series with an overview of the financial obligations that come with homeownership.

  • U.S. Housing Market Posts Strong Improvement

    MiMi sees the best housing improvement since last summer.

  • Tips, Bits & Lists: Day 11

    On the 11th day of tips, bits & lists, we introduce you to 11 online calculators designed to help demystify mortgages.

  • November Home Sales

    Still on track for the best year in homes sales since 2007.

  • Tiny Houses: Just Right for Retirement?

    Tiny houses and micro-units typically bring to mind Millennials and Generation Xers shrinking their housing costs and environmental impacts. But they could be gaining popularity among Baby Boomers, too.

  • Tips, Bits & Lists: Day 10

    On the 10th day of tips, bits & lists, we take on the 10 words you'll want to brush up on if you're in the market to buy a home.

  • Tips, Bits & Lists: Day 9

    On the 9th day of tips, bits & lists, we feature types of multifamily apartment properties (containing five or more units).

  • Tips, Bits & Lists: Day 8

    Today's 8-question quiz will test your knowledge on down payments.

  • Get Ready, Here Comes Winter

    Winter is off to a mild start in many places across the country but, depending on where you live, that'll change soon enough. So take this time to prepare yourself and your home for the wintry weather ahead.

  • Serious Delinquency Rate at 7 Year Low

    Freddie Mac's single-family serious delinquency rate declined to 1.36% in November 2015, reaching its lowest level since October 2008.

  • Tips, Bits & Lists: Day 7

    Today in our tips, bits & lists blog series learn about the 7 factors that affect your mortgage interest rate.

  • Tips, Bits & Lists: Day 6

    On the 6th day of tips, bits & lists, we talk about the six things to know about apartment leases.

  • Tips, Bits & Lists: Day 5

    On the 5th day of tips, bits & lists, we give graduates tips for improving their credit – or establishing it in the first place.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    One topic dominated the news this week: The Fed's decision to raise interest rates. You'll find that story, of course, and others making headlines in our weekly roundup.

  • Tips, Bits & Lists: Day 4

    On the 4th day of tips, bits & lists, we're focused on the 4 Cs. You're probably thinking diamonds, but actually we're talking about the 4 Cs of qualifying for a mortgage.

  • Tips, Bits & Lists: Day 3

    On the 3rd day of tips, bits & lists, we're answering the top questions about our 3% down mortgage — Home Possible Advantage.

  • More Homeowners Tap Equity

    An estimated $12.2 billion in net home equity was cashed out during the refinance of conventional prime-credit home mortgages in the third quarter.

  • Freddie Mac Seals Deal to Help 10,000 Veterans, Other Families

    Easter Seals and Freddie Mac are teaming up to help as many as 10,000 veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, caregivers and others to better manage their finances and find housing options in their communities.

  • Tips, Bits & Lists: Day 2

    In October 2015, two new mortgage disclosure forms went into effect as part of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Know Before You Owe mortgage rule. What are these forms and how can they help you? Find out here.

  • 12 Days of Housing Tips, Bits & Lists

    On these 12 days of Christmas and all through the year, Freddie Mac is serving up housing tips to those far and near. There will be tidbits and resources and quizzes too, but nowhere will you find a turtle dove or two. Today's tips are just for you.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    In the news this week: Lots of information – some of it troubling – for renters. Check out those headlines and more in our weekly roundup.

  • That Apartment Property Over There? You Might Be an Investor

    Who invests in – and, therefore, technically owns – multifamily rental properties? Maybe you do, without even knowing it.

  • Home is a Place to Nurture and Be Nurtured

    We're celebrating home this holiday season by featuring families who answered the important question, 'What home means to me?' Meet another six this week.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Will they or won't they? Lots of media speculation this week on whether millennials will make the leap into homeownership in 2016. That story and more in our weekly roundup.

  • Don't Buy Trouble When Fixing Your Credit

    A new Freddie Mac video shows why consumers who pay for a quick 'guaranteed' fix to poor credit usually end up buying a lot of trouble. Watch for tips to protect yourself.

  • HomeSteps.com: Fresh Look; Same Quality Difference

    Freddie has affordable and repaired homes available across the country just waiting for an owner. Now looking for one just got easier, thanks to HomeSteps®' redesigned website.

  • What Home Means to Me

    This holiday season, we're featuring families across the nation who answered the important question, 'What home means to me?' This week we highlight another six of them.

  • Borrowing Power Increases in 39 U.S. Counties Next Year

    National conforming loan limits remain unchanged in 2016, but 39 high-cost counties will see an increase. See where your county stacks up.

  • Home for the Holidays

    In honor of making home possible, we asked families across the nation, 'What does home mean to you?' This week we highlight six of them and we'll be featuring others throughout the holiday season.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Is another housing bubble taking shape? Hear from the experts and catch up on some of the week's other top housing news.

  • Home Maintenance: What to Expect

    Maintenance will cost you time and money, but it can protect your home's value and ensure the comfort and safety of your family. Learn what to expect about home maintenance costs.