Blog Archive

  • 4 Tips for Buying a HomeSteps Home

    If you're shopping for a home, it's definitely worth taking a look at HomeSteps homes. Here are 4 tips for buying one.

  • Your Buying Power Just Increased

    New loan limit increases may help you reach your goal of buying a home.

  • When Mortgage Rates Weren't Groovy

    The most dramatic increase in mortgage rates came during the late 1970s. What would happen if rates rise like that again?

  • What is Home Equity and Why Do I Want It?

    Let's define the term and calculate how much home equity you have.

  • How Your Tax Refund Can Help You Buy a Home

    If you're expecting a tax refund this year, check out these three ways your refund could bring you closer to homeownership.

  • Renting Vs. Buying: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

    Answer these five questions and you'll be ready to make major decisions by the time the spring thaw comes.

  • When Is the Best Time to Sign a Lease?

    Did you know that you could save hundreds of dollars on rent depending on when you sign your next lease? Two new surveys highlight the differences by month and location.

  • Quite Simply, We're Better

    Freddie Mac is a much better company that has transformed significantly. Learn more about our accomplishments and milestones met over the past year.

  • Who Do I Call If Disaster Forbearance Is Ending?

    Were your monthly mortgage payments suspended temporarily because you were affected by a recent natural disaster? Wondering what happens when this "forbearance period" ends?

  • The Nation's Rental Housing Leader, Quantified

    2017 was a record-setting year for our rental housing business, Freddie Mac Multifamily.

  • Numbers Don't Lie: 2017 Housing Trends

    The National Association of REALTORS annual report on home buyers and sellers is full of information on the state of housing in 2017.

  • How Much Will You Bring to the Closing Table?

    Before you get the keys to the home that you're buying, you'll go through the closing process, which includes paying certain fees. How much money are we talking about?

  • Pros and Cons of Buying a Home in Winter

    Just because Spring is a busier real estate season than the others doesn't make it better for buyers.

  • One Easy System for Improving Your Credit? Yes!

    Looking for an easy, convenient way to better manage your finances, improve your credit, save money, and work toward buying a home? Check out this new Freddie Mac program.

  • Use Your Assets

    Did you know you can use your financial assets to qualify for a conforming, conventional mortgage?

  • What to Expect: Tick Tock

    If you're looking to buy your first home, you're likely asking how long the homebuying process takes, soup to nuts. Learn more about the timeline and necessary steps.

  • Mars vs. Venus and Your Home

    It's a fact that men's and women's brains are wired in different ways. Just how much do these differences stack up when looking for a home? Let's find out.

  • Your Resolution, Your Home

    If one of your New Year's resolutions is homeownership, check out our tips to help you reach your goal.

  • Let's Talk About 3% Down

    If you think buying a home is out of reach because you don't have enough for a 20% down payment, get the facts about 3% down options.

  • Community Crew: A Look Back at a Year of Service

    It was a big year for Freddie Mac's Community Crew as our energetic team volunteered to give back to their communities.

  • Our Top Ten List

    The results are in. Did you read our top most–read blog posts for 2017?

  • Overcoming the Down Payment Hurdle

    You're ready to buy a home, but the down payment seems like an insurmountable hurdle. Don't throw in the towel yet. It might be easier than you think.

  • The Top Misconceptions About Homebuying

    While 2017 may have been the best year for housing in a decade, new data indicates several perceived barriers to homeownership.

  • The 4 Cs of Qualifying for a Mortgage

    Thinking about buying a home but not sure whether you qualify for a mortgage? Here's what lenders look for in a borrower.

  • When Should You Buy that Starter Home?

    While Spring is traditionally thought of as the peak season for buying a new home, those looking for a starter home should wait until the leaves start to fall.

  • Recap of 2017: The Best Year in a Decade

    Despite challenges, the housing markets remain on track for their best year in a decade.

  • Doubling Down on Affordable Housing

    We announced our reentry into the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit market, which encourages the creation and preservation of rental housing for low- and very low-income families.

  • 3 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall

    Fall is a great time of the year with changing leaves, football, a bit of chill in the air, and - for homebuyers. Find out why.

  • Could a Manufactured Home Be Right for You?

    Manufactured homes have improved a lot over time, and are an important source of housing across the country. In Kentucky, a new program can help get you ready to buy one.

  • The Big, Bad "B" Word

    Even as the housing industry continues to recover and grow more stable, many are keeping an eye out for the next house price bubble.

  • Winter is Coming: Brighten Up!

    Winter days ahead mean darker and shorter days for most. How can you brighten your home to balance the gray? Check out these solutions.

  • Mansion or Yurt: What Can You Afford?

    Dreaming of owning a home and wondering how much you can afford? You're not alone.

  • We're Proud, We're Committed, We're Better

    We're a stronger and more competitive company. See how our numbers back this up.

  • Be Wicked Smart About Identity Theft

    Join us in our final National Cyber Security Awareness Month post to learn how to keep yourself and your information secure.

  • Is Renting Becoming More Affordable?

    A new report issued by Freddie Mac, has found that over the past six years, the already–acute shortfall of affordable rental units has widened considerably.

  • Is Geography Destiny?

    We examine the relationship between government regulations, geography, housing supply, house prices and rents.

  • Can You Skip the Property Appraisal?

    You might be able to skip the traditional property appraisal. Talk to your loan officer to see if you qualify.

  • Mortgage Relief Amid California Wildfires

    If you're a homeowner impacted by the wildfires in California, mortgage relief may be available. Contact your mortgage company right away to discuss your options.

  • Let's Talk About 4, 8 and 13

    If you believe in superstitions and are looking to buy or sell a home, put aside the 4s and 13s and embrace the 8.

  • Habitat: "She Nailed It!"

    During this month's SERVE, we continue our long tradition of working with Habitat for Humanity to create a safe and affordable place for families to call home.

  • Be Wicked Smart About Online Rental Scams

    We're continuing our "Be Wicked Smart" series in celebration of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Today's topic - online rental scams.

  • Be Wicked Smart About Phishing

    It's October AND National Cyber Security Month – be wicked smart.

  • Millennials Buy Homes for Their Best Friends

    One–third of Millennials had their best friends at heart — dogs, that is — when deciding to buy their first homes, according to a recent survey.

  • Hurricane Help FAQs

    To help you get answers to your hurricane–related questions, we've compiled a list of answers to FAQs due to the recent hurricanes.

  • Are You Financially Prepared for An Emergency?

    Being financially prepared for emergencies is about more than just having savings set aside.

  • Outsmarting Scammers

    Following a natural disaster or during times of hardship, it's very important to recognize and avoid scams.

  • Mortgage Assistance for Hurricane Maria

    If you are a homeowner impacted by Hurricane Maria, mortgage relief may be available. Contact your mortgage company right away to discuss your options.

  • Avoiding Repair Scams After a Disaster

    Following natural disasters, scam artists are hard at work trying to take advantage of your situation. Here are some tips to avoid them and stay safe.

  • Meeting the Housing Needs of America's Seniors

    Freddie Mac is working to meet the growing need for seniors housing. We provide financing so specialized facilities can be built, improved and maintained.

  • ¿Con Quién Debo Comunicarme Para Obtener Ayuda Luego de un Desastre Natural?

    A continuación encontrará una lista de organizaciones que le pueden brindar ayuda para recuperarse de las consecuencias del huracán. Fraude, Centros de Recuperación ante desastres de FEMA, Recursos de asistencia para recuperarse, Ayuda hipotecaria