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Three Ways to Improve Your Credit Score Today

Your credit is a key factor in qualifying for a mortgage, and the higher the score the better. If your credit score is lower than you'd like, don't despair. These three steps can help you begin rebuilding it today. More


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Down Payments and PMI: Get the Low Down

If you're in the market to buy a home, you've probably heard the rule of thumb that you shouldn't buy a home unless you can put down 20% to avoid paying Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI). Why is 20% the magic number and what is PMI? More


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Small Towns Odd Names: We are Here

Whether you live in New York City with over eight million others or Chicken, AK with just seven, we’re funding loans right where you live. Big or small, north or south, whatever the name, we’re here. More


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Buying a Home? Get CreditSmart

There’s a good reason why we dream of owning a home. And, there's also a good reason to prepare and become financially literate first. Why? Because educated borrowers are better prepared for successful, long-term homeownership and overall financial stability. Get smart through CreditSmart, our free financial education program. More


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Fixing to Sell REO in Today's Market

In order to compete for value conscious buyers in today's market, Freddie Mac's HomeSteps® sales division repaired nearly half of the REO homes it sold in 2013, up from about a third in a typical year. Examples of winning kitchen and bathroom upgrades can be seen here. More


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Help Could Be Right Around the Corner

If you’re having trouble paying your mortgage and need advice, help could be right around the corner. More


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Down Payment Assistance: It's The Real Deal

You’ve found your first home and your lender has approved you for a mortgage. But there’s one catch - you’re short of the cash you need for a down payment. Don't sweat - help may be available. More


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Mansion or Yurt: What Can You Afford?

Dreaming of owning a home and wondering how much you can afford? You're not alone. It's one of the most important questions you'll need to answer before you can begin house hunting – and many factors, aside from your income and car payment, come into play. More


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Harp, Harp, Harp

If you owe more on your mortgage than your home is worth and haven’t refinanced into a lower interest rate, this HARP is for you. More


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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. More


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