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Avoiding Repair Scams After a Disaster

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.

Who Do I Call For Help After a Natural Disaster?

Who Do I Call For Help After a Natural Disaster?

Picking up the pieces after a natural disaster can be overwhelming. Here is a list of organizations to help you in your recovery.

Getting Help After a Hurricane

Getting Help After a Hurricane

If you've been affected by Hurricane Harvey or Irma, these four important steps can help you get on the path to recovery.

The Facts (and Myths) on Down Payments and PMI

The Facts (and Myths) on Down Payments and PMI

Before accepting the 20% down myth, it's important to do your homework, weigh the pros and cons regarding your down payment options and separate the facts from the myths.

Freedoms of Homeownership

Freedoms of Homeownership

When considering the pros and cons of buying a home, one thing you can place in the 'pros' column is the independence owning a home can bring.

How Far Will Your Funds Go?

How Far Will Your Funds Go?

Steps to get a handle on how much you can borrow.

Diversity at Work: When Collaboration Fuels Success

Diversity at Work: When Collaboration Fuels Success

Freddie Mac's Loan Advisor Suite benefits from different perspectives.

The Importance of Affordable Housing and Homeownership

The Importance of Affordable Housing and Homeownership

In commemoration of Black History Month, Freddie Mac held a panel discussion on the company's commitment to affordable housing, particularly in the African American community.

Improve Your Homebuying Odds: Get Pre-Approved

Improve Your Homebuying Odds: Get Pre-Approved

Anyone looking to buy — especially in a competitive market — should ask a reputable lender to pre–approve them for a mortgage.

This Tool Makes It Easier to Manage Your Money

This Tool Makes It Easier to Manage Your Money

If your resolution is to get into a new home this year, it's important to understand how to manage your money. In fact, this knowledge is valuable in any case.

Steps to Better Credit

Steps to Better Credit

Our Building Better Credit guide lays out the steps you can take to establish and maintain good credit, as well as improve your credit today.

The Best of 2016

The Best of 2016

See what interesting things you might have missed from this year's top 10 blog list.

Who Do I Call...About a Letter I Received from Freddie Mac?

Who Do I Call...About a Letter I Received from Freddie Mac?

Did you receive a letter from Freddie Mac with the subject, 'Borrower Notification: Freddie Mac Has Purchased Your Loan' but don't know what it means or what to do about it?

Looking to Improve Your Financial Savvy in 2017? Get CreditSmart

Looking to Improve Your Financial Savvy in 2017? Get CreditSmart

Our free program can help you build or repair your credit, avoid costly scams, and make sound financial decisions. Get CreditSmart today.

Extra Credit for Managing Your Finances Well

Extra Credit for Managing Your Finances Well

Your credit score reflects your record of paying bills and other debts on time, and it's a major factor in whether you'll get that apartment lease or home mortgage. (It's also important if you want to apply for some other credit line.)

Are You the Brightest Bulb?

Are You the Brightest Bulb?

When it comes to saving energy in the home, we all like to think we know a thing or two. How plugged in are you? Let's find out with this Energy IQ quiz.

Would You Pass This Quiz?

Would You Pass This Quiz?

Understanding and keeping a handle on your finances and credit history is essential. To gauge the American public's financial knowledge and decision-making skills, the National Financial Capability Study includes a 5-question test. Find out how you stack up: Take the test now.

Going Green: Tax Credits & Rebates

Going Green: Tax Credits & Rebates

In the market to make energy-efficient improvements to your home? Be sure to check out federal tax credits and product rebates from your state and local governments and utility company to help offset your up front costs.

ISO Down Payment Help?

ISO Down Payment Help?

If you're in the market to buy your first home, but know you'll need some help with your down payment or closing costs, assistance may be right under your nose.

Serving it up for Financial Literacy

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.

Tips, Bits & Lists: Day 11

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.

Tips, Bits & Lists: Day 5

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.

Don't Buy Trouble When Fixing Your Credit

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.

Paperwork: What to Expect

Paperwork: What to Expect

Many people feel overwhelmed with the homebuying process because of the amount of paperwork and signatures required. How can you ease the anxiety? Get familiar with the documents before closing and lean on your team.

Your Answers Are Just a Click Away

Your Answers Are Just a Click Away

At home or on the go, My Home is built to share and connect people with in-depth and user-friendly information that answers important questions about home. Find out why it's worth getting connected.

5 Steps to Establishing a Credit History

5 Steps to Establishing a Credit History

Whether you want to rent an apartment or buy a home, your credit history helps open the door. If you're just starting out and haven't yet established your creditworthiness, these steps will set you on the right path.

Attention Service Members, Veterans, Educators, First Responders in Jacksonville FL

Attention Service Members, Veterans, Educators, First Responders in Jacksonville FL

Freddie Mac's HomeSteps® REO Sales Division is holding its Second Annual Housing Fair and Open House on August 8 to provide free homeownership counseling and bus tours of available homes to service personnel, educators, first responders, and city workers.

10 Tips to Keep Burglars at Bay While You're Away

10 Tips to Keep Burglars at Bay While You're Away

According to the FBI, burglary victims lost an estimated $4.5 billion in property in 2013. The average dollar loss per case was $2,322.

5 Tips to Help Recent Grads Build Credit

5 Tips to Help Recent Grads Build Credit

A good credit history matters a lot in reaching important goals in your life like buying a house or car, renting an apartment and to some degree even getting a job. Here are 5 tips to help recent grads build credit.

From My Home to Your Home

From My Home to Your Home

Introducing My Home by Freddie Mac – a one-stop reference to help consumers become smart homebuyers, homeowners and renters.

Life, The Unexpected and Mortgage Applications

Life, The Unexpected and Mortgage Applications

After submitting your mortgage applications, tell lenders about job changes, new debts and other life events to avoid costly delays and disappointments .

From ARMs to PMI, 10 Terms You Should Know

From ARMs to PMI, 10 Terms You Should Know

In just a short time, you'll notice For Sale signs sprinkled throughout your neighborhood. If you're a first-time homebuyer, ask yourself: Am I ready to talk the housing market talk? Your words are important and we're here to help you talk wisely.

In Good Faith

In Good Faith

Closing costs average about $2,539 – so it's important to understand what your costs will be before you commit to the loan. That's where the Good Faith Estimate comes in.