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Meeting the Housing Needs of America's Seniors

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.

Making (Manufactured) Home Sweeter

Making (Manufactured) Home Sweeter

Manufactured homes are an affordable option for many people, especially in rural areas. Our support for manufactured housing communities helps keep them that way.

Renters Benefit from Our Latest Milestone

Renters Benefit from Our Latest Milestone

Freddie Mac surpassed a major milestone this week — and you're the winner.

Tackling the Affordable Housing Crisis

Tackling the Affordable Housing Crisis

As demand for affordable rental housing continues to increase, our nation's supply is not keeping up.

9 Times in 10, It's Affordable

9 Times in 10, It's Affordable

Around 90% of the units that Freddie Mac Multifamily funds offer rents that are affordable to low– and moderate–income households. Our funding is vital to making sure that renters across the country have access to adequate, affordable apartment homes.

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.

What Renters Can Expect This Year

What Renters Can Expect This Year

More newly built apartments are likely to become available in 2017 than in 2016. But it won't be much easier to find an affordable apartment to rent this year in most areas, according to Freddie Mac's Multifamily 2017 Outlook.

The Cost of Moving In

The Cost of Moving In

Whether you're moving across town or across the country, you'll need to budget for the cost of transporting yourself and everything you own to a new home.

The Rental Experience is Satisfying and More Affordable Than Owning

The Rental Experience is Satisfying and More Affordable Than Owning

Freddie Mac's September survey of the nation's renters saw an increase in the percentage who said they are satisfied with the rental experience and a steady majority who expect to rent their next residence.

Higher Utility Bills Bigger Worry Than Rising Rents

Higher Utility Bills Bigger Worry Than Rising Rents

More renters worry about rising utility costs than rent hikes, but nearly half are willing to pay more for green energy– and water–saving features, says the latest national renter survey from Freddie Mac.

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.

5 Tips for Renters

5 Tips for Renters

Here's vital information to help you compete for an apartment in today's rental market and also protect your rights, interests, and security deposit when you get ready to sign the lease.

Average Apartment Size Shrinks 7%

Average Apartment Size Shrinks 7%

The size of the average new American apartment is off about 7 percent since 2009, says a new analysis from RCLCO, a real estate consulting group based in Bethesda, MD.

Giving Rentals a Green Advantage(sm) for Working Families

Giving Rentals a Green Advantage(sm) for Working Families

Freddie Mac Multifamily's Green Advantage is a better way to harness the value that energy and water efficiency can bring to multifamily projects (lower utilities and operating costs), the working families who rent them (lower individual utility bills), and the environment where we all live.

Freddie Mac Multifamily: Innovation in San Francisco

Freddie Mac Multifamily: Innovation in San Francisco

Here's what it took to keep 1400 apartments in 15 buildings affordable to seniors and low-income families in San Francisco.

Multifamily: Innovation is Happening

Multifamily: Innovation is Happening

The first half of 2016 was a showcase of creative solutions, out-of-the-box thinking, strong relationship building, and tangible business results. Here are just a few examples of how Freddie Mac Multifamily has been moving rental housing forward since January.

$650 Billion And Going Strong

$650 Billion And Going Strong

We're celebrating an important corporate milestone — the transfer of a significant amount of mortgage credit risk on $650 billion in unpaid principal balance of single-family and multifamily loans.

You Want Affordable Rent - We're Here to Help

You Want Affordable Rent - We're Here to Help

Are you feeling the pinch brought on by the severe shortage of affordable rental housing? Freddie Mac Multifamily feels your pain — and we're working to help ease it.

Freddie Mac Leaders Make Industry's Top 50 Influential List

Freddie Mac Leaders Make Industry's Top 50 Influential List

Following a year of strong fundamentals and record purchase volume, two of our Multifamily employees were named to the Commercial Observer magazine's fourth annual 50 Most Important People in Commercial Real Estate Finance list. David Brickman, EVP and head of Multifamily, and John Cannon, SVP of production, sales and marketing, both ranked 22nd on the list.

Outlook 2016: More Apartments, Low Vacancy Rates, Higher Rents

Outlook 2016: More Apartments, Low Vacancy Rates, Higher Rents

The number of apartments added to the market hit a 27-year high in 2015; however, most of the new units were rented quickly and the market remained tight. According to the Freddie Mac Multifamily Outlook 2016, it'll be a similar story in 2016.

Putting Our Rental Housing Money Where Our Mission Is

Putting Our Rental Housing Money Where Our Mission Is

More than 650,000 renter households across more than 3,500 apartment properties nationwide will benefit from the $47.3 billion in financing that Freddie Mac Multifamily delivered to the market last year. True to our mission, we contributed to every corner of the multifamily rental housing market.

In Search of Roommates as Good as Those on TV

In Search of Roommates as Good as Those on TV

Living with roommates looks like fun on TV. But it can be trickier in real life. Around one-third of working-age adults share an apartment with someone they aren't related to, and could they tell you stories about their experiences!

Get More Apartment for Rent Signs Ready

Get More Apartment for Rent Signs Ready

It's official: Freddie Mac Multifamily is the leader in U.S. multifamily housing finance for the first time, providing total funding of $47.3 billion in 2015. This achievement represents important contributions to every corner of the multifamily market – including supporting affordability for those who need it most.

Tips, Bits & Lists: Day 9

Tips, Bits & Lists: Day 9

On the 9th day of tips, bits & lists, we feature types of multifamily apartment properties (containing five or more units).

Building a Better Housing Finance System

Building a Better Housing Finance System

A better housing finance system that's good for the industry, investors and America's taxpayers. This is how we're doing it.

 What Do Renters Save For: Tahiti or an Emergency Expense?

What Do Renters Save For: Tahiti or an Emergency Expense?

What are renters' savings priorities? We asked these questions and more in our quarterly renter survey.

The Leasing Process: What to Expect

The Leasing Process: What to Expect

You've decided to rent and you've found a place you like. Here's what you can expect to encounter on the road to a signed lease.

Making Apartments Greener Can Save Renters Some Green

Making Apartments Greener Can Save Renters Some Green

Energy-efficient apartment buildings generate important savings. Not only in resources and for the environment, but also in operating costs, which can lead to lower rents and utility costs for residents. That's the idea behind Freddie Mac Multifamily's new Green Rebate offering.

Freddie Mac's support for student housing

Freddie Mac's support for student housing

Student housing is a growing sector of the multifamily market.

More Rental Supply, More Renter Demand: New Research

More Rental Supply, More Renter Demand: New Research

With so many new apartment buildings being built, why is the market still so tight? How long will this go on? Freddie Mac's Multifamily Outlook Second Half 2015 answers these questions.

Freddie Mac Announces Relief for Eligible Borrowers, Employers, Employees in South Carolina Disaster Areas

Freddie Mac Announces Relief for Eligible Borrowers, Employers, Employees in South Carolina Disaster Areas

Borrowers whose home or place of business is in a disaster area, borrowers should immediately contact their mortgage servicer – the company to which they send their monthly mortgage payment.

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.

Respect Your Elders

Respect Your Elders

The housing needs of Baby Boomers, now between 69 and 51 years old, will start to change substantially over the next 10-20 years. It's not too soon to start preparing.

Renting Broadens Its Base, Harvard Study Finds

Renting Broadens Its Base, Harvard Study Finds

More people are renting their homes, and it's not only young singles just starting out, the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University (JCHS) reported in its annual housing study.

Know Your Apartment Property Types

Know Your Apartment Property Types

Don't know a garden-style apartment property from a walk-up? Wonder what the difference is between a high-rise and a mid-rise? Here are definitions of various types of multifamily (five or more units) rental housing.

Renters Insurance Covers Your Assets

Renters Insurance Covers Your Assets

The benefits of auto or homeowners insurance are pretty clear, and most of us wouldn't want to go without – even if coverage wasn't required by law. But renters insurance? It isn't mandatory, but it's worth considering.

Music Tastes Aside, Austin and Nashville Markets Hit High Notes

Music Tastes Aside, Austin and Nashville Markets Hit High Notes

Austin and Nashville have exceeded national averages for employment and population growth, and have generated some of the highest levels of multifamily rental housing construction among major U.S. metropolitan areas. What led to these successes? Can they be sustained?

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.

Most New Apartment Construction in a Word: Luxury

Most New Apartment Construction in a Word: Luxury

There's good news and bad news about the multifamily rental properties being built lately.

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.

Two Freddie Mac Leaders Make the Top 50 Influential List

Two Freddie Mac Leaders Make the Top 50 Influential List

In an industry that is based on relationships, two of our Multifamily employees were named to Mortgage Observer magazine's third annual 50 Most Important People in Commercial Real Estate Finance list.

Which Markets Will Have the Highest Apartment Vacancy Rates

Which Markets Will Have the Highest Apartment Vacancy Rates

This year we will see of one of the largest increases in apartment building completions in recent history with Millenials helping to fill these new units in some markets, based on our Multifamily housing economic outlook for 2015.

How Many Jobs Does It Take to Afford Rent?

How Many Jobs Does It Take to Afford Rent?

How many jobs must minimum wage earners work to afford rent? The answer is 2.6 jobs.

Top 10 Cities Where Snowbirds Flock

Top 10 Cities Where Snowbirds Flock

El Paso, Texas, and Little Rock, Arkansas, are among the cities where snowbirds and retirees flock to in winter.

What Is 90%, Alex?

What Is 90%, Alex?

Answer: This is about how many of the apartments that Freddie Mac Multifamily® finances are affordable to moderate- and low-income renters. That's been the case every year since at least 2008.

Where Does the Secondary Mortgage Market Go from Here?

Where Does the Secondary Mortgage Market Go from Here?

Freddie Mac CEO Donald H. Layton met this week with mortgage bankers at their annual conference. Learn his thoughts on what may be ahead for the secondary market and its many stakeholders.

New Financing to Support Affordable Rental Housing

New Financing to Support Affordable Rental Housing

Freddie Mac announces a new commercial loan program for small rental properties.

Portrait of a Ruthless Defaulter

Portrait of a Ruthless Defaulter

Why do commercial real estate borrowers default?

The Math Challenge: Whether to Rent or Buy?

The Math Challenge: Whether to Rent or Buy?

Find out which is the better option when the monthly payment is the same.

Multifamily Mid-Year Outlook:  Finding A New Normal

Multifamily Mid-Year Outlook: Finding A New Normal

Multifamily market conditions are strong, with vacancy rates at a 13-year low. How long will this last?

Diet of New Multifamily Construction Leaves Supply Too Thin

Diet of New Multifamily Construction Leaves Supply Too Thin

Renovating, rehabilitating, and otherwise preserving existing apartments could mean the difference between having enough multifamily rental housing to meet growing demand – or not.

Taking Aim at Targeted Affordable Housing

Taking Aim at Targeted Affordable Housing

It hasn't been this hard to find affordable rental housing in 50 years – especially for lower-income renters. Attracting private capital to housing that's affordable to lower-income renters is challenging. Government subsidies help. Freddie Mac Multifamily's Targeted Affordable Housing team helps navigate the complexities of funding subsidized – or targeted affordable – housing.

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!

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.

Student Housing: Goodbye Bunk Beds, Hello Bowling Alleys

Student Housing: Goodbye Bunk Beds, Hello Bowling Alleys

Did you know that apartments geared for college students feature many amenities that could include flat screen TVs, coffee bars, bowling alleys and golf simulators?

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?

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.

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.

Test Your IQ: K-Deals

Test Your IQ: K-Deals

Freddie Mac Multifamily's K-Deal securitization program is designed to help support multifamily rental housing while reduce taxpayers exposure to risk by attracting private capital to the market. In this way, we're fulfilling the goals of a future housing finance system today.

Providing Multifamily Financing to Manufactured Housing Community Owners

Providing Multifamily Financing to Manufactured Housing Community Owners

Freddie Mac Multifamily recently announced it will purchase and securitize Manufactured Housing Community loans as part of its efforts to increase access to affordable housing.

Five Quick Tips About Apartment Leases

Five Quick Tips About Apartment Leases

Moving can be very exciting, especially if it's your first time living on your own in an apartment. However, it's important to be informed before you sign a lease, which is a legally-binding contract between a landlord and a tenant.

Rents Go Up Faster Than Incomes

Rents Go Up Faster Than Incomes

There's a rental affordability crisis in America. Rents are rising faster than incomes. And, the number of renters is expected to increase by millions in the next ten years. New Freddie Mac research shows how we could make affordable housing more accessible by targeting capital where it’s really needed.

Beware of Phony Rental Ads

Beware of Phony Rental Ads

Fraudsters continue to con house hunters out of rent money and personal credit information by falsely advertising foreclosed homes they don't own as rentals. Here are some tips to avoid the scam.

$1 Trillion: The Economic Benefit of Apartment Housing

$1 Trillion: The Economic Benefit of Apartment Housing

The country's 37 million apartment residents are a key source of local, state, and national economic activity. From writing rent checks to buying a cup of coffee, most of their spending is recycled through their community – supporting businesses and providing jobs.