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Baby Boomer Myths: Up-Close and Personal with Sean Becketti, Chief Economist

Baby Boomer Myths: Up-Close and Personal with Sean Becketti, Chief Economist

Baby Boomers comprise one-quarter of the population but own two-thirds of the housing wealth. Their decisions will reshape our housing market in the coming years. Freddie Mac's chief economist uses our latest survey results to bust some myths about 55+ homeowners and renters.

Who Let the Bugs In?

Who Let the Bugs In?

Spring has sprung and so have the bugs and rodents seeking to invade homes. Whether you are looking at homes to purchase or are a homeowner, there's no time like the present to inspect a home's exterior, especially after the long winter season, which can make it more inviting to house-hunting pests.

I See a Red Door and I Want It Painted ... Gray

I See a Red Door and I Want It Painted ... Gray

Gray holds onto its title as the hottest color for home interiors, according to the Paint Quality Institute. Judge for yourself.

Where Are Homebuyers Hiding? In Single-Family Rentals

Where Are Homebuyers Hiding? In Single-Family Rentals

The housing industry is wondering who is America's next homebuyer? One group is people renting single-family properties, according to new Freddie Mac research.

Low Gas Prices Are Great for Vacationers But Not Everyone

Low Gas Prices Are Great for Vacationers But Not Everyone

Summer vacationers can rejoice that gas prices are $1 lower per gallon than a year ago, but there is a downside for some parts of the country – like Midland, Texas, and Casper, Wyo. – where energy-related jobs are an important part of their local economy.

Tipping Point? Do Renters Become Homeowners When Rents Rise?

Tipping Point? Do Renters Become Homeowners When Rents Rise?

Are rising rents driving residents to homeownership? We wanted to know so we asked renters and found that the majority of them are not moving out.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

If you're in the market to buy a home, it's good to be in-the-know. We're here to share some fun and interesting housing-related facts to keep you sharp and entertained.

Making Housing Affordable

Making Housing Affordable

Did You Know? Last year our Multifamily business helped house students, seniors and other renters who needed affordable apartments.

10 Weeks & 10 Homes

10 Weeks & 10 Homes

Did You Know? The typical homebuyer searches for 10 weeks and looks at 10 homes before buying.

Sniffing Out Pet Friendly Rentals

Sniffing Out Pet Friendly Rentals

Renting with Fido is on the rise, but it's often hard to find rentals that allow pets.

Supersizing the American Dream

Supersizing the American Dream

Did you know that new homes today are 61% larger than in 1973? And, while the size of new homes has increased, the average household size has decreased, giving us even more living space.

Cribs: Rachel vs. Richie

Cribs: Rachel vs. Richie

All-American Sitcoms: They've made their way into most of our lives — from their theme songs to their cast of characters. And for 30 minutes each week, we were invited into these characters' homes. What would it cost to live there today?

Celebra

Celebra

It's National Hispanic Heritage Month, when we recognize and celebrate the heritage and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans and the contributions they've made to the United States. To help celebrate, let's start by getting educated.

Homeowner Confidence at Four-Year High

Homeowner Confidence at Four-Year High

Did you know that some 65% of homeowners say they are confident they would get the asking price for their home if they put it on the market today? That's up from 40% in 2010.

Why People Rent:  Survey Says...

Why People Rent: Survey Says...

Did you know in a recent survey more than 55% of people gave this reason why they'd rent instead of buy: not enough savings or too much debt. At the bottom of the list? Concern housing prices might fall.

Give Me Liberty... and Eagle, Independence and Freedom

Give Me Liberty... and Eagle, Independence and Freedom

Can you guess how many U.S. cities have liberty in their names? Recognizing patriotic-sounding city names where July 4th is likely to be extra red, white and blue.

It's a Wrap

It's a Wrap

Did you know it's the last day of National Homeownership Month? Today we wrap-up our month-long blog series and recap the favorites.

Nation's Largest Apartment Communities

Nation's Largest Apartment Communities

Did you know that the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village in Manhattan's lower east side is home to about as many people who live in Fairbanks, Alaska? That's 30,000 people!

Are Americans Paying More or Less for Housing?

Are Americans Paying More or Less for Housing?

Did you know that in some states like Maine 3.3% more of its homeowners were spending more than 30% of their income on housing in 2012 than they were in 2005? In California, the opposite occurred. Looking at renters, we see an almost unilateral increase in their cost burden during the same time period.

Five Generations in Housing

Five Generations in Housing

Did you know that 76% of first-time homebuyers are Gen Y? And that only 55% of The Silent Generation finances their home purchase? No matter our age, we all play an important role in today's housing market.

Dissecting High, Medium and Low Homeownership Rates

Dissecting High, Medium and Low Homeownership Rates

Did you know homeownership rates are very high (80 percent or more) in former Eastern Bloc nations like Romania (97 percent), Slovakia (90 percent), and Bulgaria (87 percent) because a wave of mass privatization following the fall of Communism in the 1990s enabled families living in public housing to take title to their flats at little or no cost?

Millennials Hold on Homeownership

Millennials Hold on Homeownership

Did you know that the homeownership rate for young Americans under 35 is at its lowest ever? The rate is down to 36 percent for Millennials, our largest generation making up 25 percent of the U.S. population.

Rent, Swap or Share: Growing Vacation Trends

Rent, Swap or Share: Growing Vacation Trends

Did you know that over half of U.S. travelers plan to stay in a vacation rental this year? That's nearly five times more than just six years ago according to a survey by TripAdvisor.

What $769 Buys You

What $769 Buys You

Did you know that the U.S. median apartment rent is $769 a month? For that amount of money you get an apartment that ranges in size from 242 to 1,059 square feet depending on where you live.

Renovation Projects with the Best ROI

Renovation Projects with the Best ROI

Did you know fixing up your home's exterior will give you the biggest bang for your buck when renovating?

Where Inventory is Better

Where Inventory is Better

Did you know that Florida metros boast some of the best opportunities to buy a home based on inventory? Based on the number of homes for sale per household, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Pompano Beach and Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater top the list in inventory across the nation's major metropolitan areas.

5 Percent Down Payment?  You Bet.

5 Percent Down Payment? You Bet.

Did you know 40 percent of today's homebuyers using mortgage financing are making down payments that are less than 10 percent?

Home Improvement Shows 'Bring the House Down'

Home Improvement Shows 'Bring the House Down'

Did you know that nearly 40 percent of people planning home improvements this year were motivated by popular DIY and design TV shows, like This Old House?

Use Your Assets

Use Your Assets

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

Williston, N.D., Most Expensive Rent in U.S.

Williston, N.D., Most Expensive Rent in U.S.

Did You Know that Williston, N.D., is the most expensive place to rent an entry-level apartment in the United States?

One Loan Per Second

One Loan Per Second

Did you know that it used to take up to two years worth of documentation and two months wait time to find out if your mortgage would be approved?

Price Per Square: A Global Perspective

Price Per Square: A Global Perspective

Did you know that housing in major U.S. cities is relatively inexpensive compared to other cities around the world?

Mortgage Rates Once Hit 18.45%

Mortgage Rates Once Hit 18.45%

Did you know that the interest rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage hit a record high of 18.45 percent in October 1981?

Look Who's Renting Now

Look Who's Renting Now

Did you know that more than one-third of U.S. households rent their homes today? In fact, renting is more popular now than it's been in almost 20 years.

Buying a Home? Get CreditSmart

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.

All in the Family

All in the Family

Did you know that 14 percent of recent homebuyers purchased a home to accommodate growing households as their adult children, siblings or aging parents move in?

Celebrate National Homeownership Month

Celebrate National Homeownership Month

Today kicks off National Homeownership Month and our month-long Did You Know? blog series featuring interesting and fun facts about housing.