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  • Job Interview Questions for Your Next Lender

    Questions you'll want to ask to find that lender who will follow through on their promises, close your loan on time, and get you the best deal you can afford.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Low mortgage rates are helping to heat up the spring homebuying season. Check out our weekly news roundup for some of the hottest housing headlines.

  • What's in Your Trash Can?

    Today, in observance of Earth Day, we celebrate the big difference our employees are making.

  • Homework and a Home Purchase

    Before making a major purchase, consumers are routinely advised to 'do their homework first.' What does this mean in the context of buying a house? It's more than just getting your financial house in order — you also need to study where you live now.

  • Borrower Help Centers Guide the Path to Homeownership

    The journey toward owning a home can seem long and winding, especially if you're a first-time homebuyer. A housing counselor can help you map a clear path and guide your way forward. Freddie Mac's Borrower Help Centers and Borrower Help Network offer the trustworthy, one-to-one help you may want.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    The 30-year mortgage rate hit its lowest mark since May 2013. That's just one of the news stories we've been tracking this week. Check out the full roundup.

  • Do You Know Your Housing Lingo?

    If you've just dipped your toe into the house-hunting world, it's easy to feel overwhelmed — especially when everyone seems to be speaking an unfamiliar language.

  • Putting Together a Homebuying Dream Team - Part 2

    The last two positions for your dream team of home buying professionals are critical for catching costly issues early and avoiding legal complications when its time to close.

  • Putting Together a Homebuying Dream Team - Part 1

    A dream team of home buying professionals can help you save time and money by catching costly issues early and avoiding legal complications in the closing.

  • Why Was My Mortgage Sold?

    Did you receive a letter stating that Freddie Mac purchased your loan? If so, do not be alarmed and check out our most frequently asked questions.

  • Celebrating Volunteers

    During National Volunteer Week we take a moment to celebrate all volunteers who give back to make our communities better and improve the lives of others.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Among this week's headlines: House prices continue to rise while mortgage rates hit their lowest level in over a year. Check out our roundup.

  • Mortgage Rates: Still Something to Celebrate

    Today's mortgage rates remain near historic lows and this has an important and direct effect on how much home you can afford.

  • Serving it up for Financial Literacy

    April is Financial Literacy Month – an ideal time to brush up on financial education and life-long money management skills.

  • What Should Home Shoppers Know About Remodeling?

    From a home shopper's point of view, buying a recently remodeled house could be a savvy way to buy cool upgrades, like an upscale bathroom, for about half the project's original cost. Remodeling Magazine's latest Cost vs. Value report shows why.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    We considered being all cute and cunning with our headline wrap-up this week in honor of April Fool's Day. But instead we're going to play it straight and simply say, 'Here's the news.'

  • Top 5 Cities for Walking, Biking, and Transit

    Why is location so important? Because it's about convenience, quality of life, and being close to things that matter most.

  • How to Spot a Phony Online Rental Ad

    This new Freddie Mac video will teach you how to check out online ads for rentals before you write a check.

  • 3 Tips to Find the One

    You've pored over local real estate listings and watched hours of house hunting shows. You're ready to take the plunge and start seriously looking for a new home. How can you make sure you pick the right one?

  • 3 Tips to Find the One

    You've pored over local real estate listings and watched hours of house hunting shows. You're ready to take the plunge and start seriously looking for a new home. How can you make sure you pick the right one? Follow these 3 tips.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    There are just not enough affordable homes to go around – that was the focus of a number of media reports this week. Read more in our weekly headlines rundown.

  • A Slow Start to the Best Year in Home Sales in a Decade

    Houses certainly aren't selling at breakneck speed so far this year, but with the spring home buying season upon us we expect them to improve. Our housing tracker shows where we currently stand.

  • Avoid These 7 Borrowing Pitfalls

    Because lending transactions often seem complicated, it's not unusual for borrowers to rely on the expertise of professionals for guidance. But what if the 'professional' you choose is actually a scam artist or predator looking to push you into a costly or risky situation?

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Tips for young homebuyers, good news about Hispanic homeownership, and a boost in house and apartment building. You'll find all those stories in our weekly roundup.

  • Your Top 3 Down Payment Myths Debunked

    Today we're debunking the top 3 down payment myths in time for spring homebuying.

  • How Much Home Can You Afford?

    Condo? Fixer-upper? McMansion? Starter home? Town house? Tiny house? Before you start looking seriously at buying ANY kind of home this spring, you'll first need to answer the single-most important question: How much home can I afford?

  • Spring Forward to Spring Homebuying

    Today kicks off our 'It's About Time' blog series that will help you be ready in time for spring homebuying.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Thinking about refinancing? This week's roundup features a list of the top ten states where you should seriously consider it.

  • You Want Affordable Rent - We're Here to Help

    Are you feeling the pinch brought on by the severe shortage of affordable rental housing? Freddie Mac Multifamily feels your pain — and we're working to help ease it.

  • You've Got Mail

    Do you want to know more about buying or renting a home, the housing market and housing finance? It's quick and easy when you sign up for our weekly roundup.

  • Freddie Mac Leaders Make Industry's Top 50 Influential List

    Following a year of strong fundamentals and record purchase volume, two of our Multifamily employees were named to the Commercial Observer magazine's fourth annual 50 Most Important People in Commercial Real Estate Finance list. David Brickman, EVP and head of Multifamily, and John Cannon, SVP of production, sales and marketing, both ranked 22nd on the list.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Among this week's headlines: An eye-opening story from the New York Times about overcrowded housing, and the physical and emotional toll it can take.

  • Did it Work? Test Your Knowledge

    Take our quiz to test your knowledge on How it Works.

  • 3 Ways Your Tax Refund Can Bring You Closer to Homeownership

    The average 2015 tax refund is $3,120 so far - what will you do with yours?

  • How it Works: Credit Risk Transfer

    Today's video will show you how credit risk transfer works.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    A slew of housing and economic data came out this week. But what's it trying to tell us? Check out some key headlines.

  • More than 3.3 Million People Have Saved With HARP. Could you?

    If you owe more on your mortgage than your home is worth and haven't refinanced into a lower interest rate yet, then HARP is designed for you.

  • How It Works: The Mortgage Loan Application Process

    Read on to see what the mortgage application process is all about.

  • HomeSteps: More Questions Answered

    More questions answered about HomeSteps just in time for spring homebuying.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Didn't have time this week to check out the housing news? We've done the work for you and collected some of the most prominent media reports here.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Didn't have time this week to check out the housing news? We've done the work for you and collected some of the most prominent media reports here.

  • Moving Housing Forward

    See how our work to build a better Freddie Mac and a better housing finance system is moving housing forward.

  • How It Works: The Closing Process

    You'll sign many important documents at closing, the final step in the homebuying process when the property is legally transferred to you. Learn more about what to expect at closing and how it all comes together.

  • Outlook 2016: More Apartments, Low Vacancy Rates, Higher Rents

    The number of apartments added to the market hit a 27-year high in 2015; however, most of the new units were rented quickly and the market remained tight. According to the Freddie Mac Multifamily Outlook 2016, it'll be a similar story in 2016.

  • How it Works: Making an Offer

    Learn about the process for making an offer in our How it Works series.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Economic reports and yet another drop in mortgage rates dominated the week's housing headlines. We've gathered up some of the highlights for you.

  • HomeSteps: Your Top Questions Answered

    Today we answer your top questions to help you start your home search at HomeSteps.

  • How it Works: Amortization

    Your amortization table outlines every monthly payment you make on your loan and its contribution toward equity. Find out how it works and why it's important.

  • How to Avoid Mortgage Fraud in 60 Seconds

    In just one minute this new Freddie Mac video will teach you the essentials for avoiding mortgage fraud.

  • This Week's Housing Headlines

    Another week, another drop in mortgage rates — and just in time for the spring homebuying season. Read that story and more of the week's notable housing news.