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Recap of 2017: The Best Year in a Decade

Recap of 2017: The Best Year in a Decade

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

The Big, Bad 'B' Word

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.

Can You Skip the Property Appraisal?

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.

3% Down in Three Easy Steps

3% Down in Three Easy Steps

Are you looking to take advantage of a 3% down payment? Here are the three steps that you need to know.

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.

Considering A Manufactured Home?

Considering A Manufactured Home?

Forget what you think you know about manufactured homes. With prices averaging $71,300, they might just be the affordable housing option you're looking for.

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.

Six Down, Six to Go

Six Down, Six to Go

We're essentially half way through 2016. So how are homes sales doing?

Ahead in May

Ahead in May

We still have some ground to make up but housing remains a bright spot in the economy.

Take the Anxiety Out of Your First Home Offer

Take the Anxiety Out of Your First Home Offer

Here's how to put together an opening bid on a house without making yourself a nervous wreck.

In the Mix

In the Mix

With new home sales data in for March, we're currently running 153,000 home sales (non-seasonally adjusted) below what we saw in March of 2007, however, we're already ahead of last year's home sales at the same time.

Do You Know Your Housing Lingo?

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.

The Best Year in Home Sales Since 2007!

The Best Year in Home Sales Since 2007!

Expect home sales to carry this momentum forward in 2016.

November Home Sales

November Home Sales

Still on track for the best year in homes sales since 2007.

September Home Sales

September Home Sales

Still on pace for the best year in home sales since 2007

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.

4 Reasons Home Sales Are Surging

4 Reasons Home Sales Are Surging

Reports the Associated Press: 'Home sales are on pace for their best year since 2007. First-time buyers are streaming back into the market.' Why all the activity now after so many years of sluggishness?

Nearly 80 Percent of Top 100 U.S. Housing Markets Improving

Nearly 80 Percent of Top 100 U.S. Housing Markets Improving

Strong Buyer Demand Driving Top Performing Markets in MiMi this Month

April Homes Sales

April Homes Sales

Currently existing home sales are slightly down 0.7%, and new home sales are up 17% compared to 2013 through April on a non-seasonally adjusted basis.

Heading into May, Momentum Builds for Home Sales

Heading into May, Momentum Builds for Home Sales

Last month, we indicated that April would be a make or break month for home sales. So, how are we doing?

Mortgage Rates: Still the Deal of the Century

Mortgage Rates: Still the Deal of the Century

If you are in the market to buy a home, today's average mortgage rates are something to celebrate compared to almost any year since 1971.

3% Down Checklist

3% Down Checklist

Our checklist can help determine if our new 3% down mortgage is right for you.

The Dress, the WeaselPecker and Housing Data

The Dress, the WeaselPecker and Housing Data

See how home sales perform this spring with our new interactive housing tracker.

Best Bang for the Condo Buck

Best Bang for the Condo Buck

In today's purchase market, condos could be the answer for many first-time homebuyers and those with lower and/or limited incomes. See where you get the best bang for your buck.

2014 Industry Projections - Did We Get it Right?

2014 Industry Projections - Did We Get it Right?

It's that time of year when we take stock. So let's look back at 5 key housing predictions for 2014. Did projections hit the target? And what do we think will happen in the year ahead?

Top 6 Remodeling Projects for the Buck

Top 6 Remodeling Projects for the Buck

The six remodels adding the most dollar value at resale are: fixing up the basement, adding a family room, an upscale kitchen remodel, adding a moderate master suite, building a two-story addition and adding an upscale master suite.

The $1.5 M Question: Rent vs. Buy?

The $1.5 M Question: Rent vs. Buy?

Mike and Jen can afford $1,400 per month on housing and have saved $10,000 for a down payment. But, they're left wondering which option – renting or buying – makes best financial sense. Lets find out.

53% of Americans Believe House Prices Will Rise in Coming Year

53% of Americans Believe House Prices Will Rise in Coming Year

When asked if home prices in general would go up, down or stay the same over the next 12 months, the vast majority (84%) of Americans said that they expected them to rise or stay the same. Read about other key findings in Bankrate's September 2014 Financial Security Index.

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.

Home Sales Pace Slows in June

Home Sales Pace Slows in June

The housing recovery continues to slog forward, with some markets improving but most remaining flat. This latest reading on new home sales is yet another sign of this slog.

What Homeowners Will Do to Sell Their Homes

What Homeowners Will Do to Sell Their Homes

Beyond lowering the price, 71% of homeowners are willing to make additional concessions to sell their home in today's market – whether it's including appliances, their furniture or paying for a buyer's closing costs.

Fixing to Sell REO in Today's Market

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.

New Home Sales Slow in March

New Home Sales Slow in March

While the news is certainly not good for new home sales, it's helpful to try to keep the sales data in perspective.

After Winter Chill, Time to Spring Forward

After Winter Chill, Time to Spring Forward

Interested in the forecast for the spring and beyond? In housing, a thaw is underway and we're seeing signs of an emerging purchase market.

Hot or Not?

Hot or Not?

Whether you live in a hot or cold real estate market could be the best determinant for setting your home's listing price. New research shows that the largest driver for the optimal initial listing strategy is the health of the local market, not the underlying value of the home.