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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.

It's All About You

It's All About You

Homebuyers and homeowners directly influence how Freddie Mac does business even though you're not our direct customers.

Finding the One

Finding the One

Today we're wrapping up our new year, new home blog series with tips on how to choose the right location and the right type of home for you.

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.

Calculating Renting vs. Buying

Calculating Renting vs. Buying

Our rent vs. buy calculator can help you map out the financial differences between renting and buying.

Renting & Buying: Meet the Pros

Renting & Buying: Meet the Pros

Both renting and buying have a lot of pros. Meet them now.

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.

Don't be Spoofed: Take Two

Don't be Spoofed: Take Two

National Cyber Security Awareness month is a good time to reflect and take some steps to become more cyber savvy. Today's topic? Online rental scams.

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.

Myth vs. Fact: Renting

Myth vs. Fact: Renting

Approximately one-third of Americans rent their homes, both by choice and because of financial ability. If you're one of them or thinking about renting, today we're debunking the top two myths.

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.

Expect the Unexpected Housing Choices in Retirement

Expect the Unexpected Housing Choices in Retirement

The way renters age 55 and older predict they'll spend their retirement years can be quite different from what they actually experience, according to the Freddie Mac 55+ Survey findings.

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.

Discount Movie Tickets and Rental Homes

Discount Movie Tickets and Rental Homes

Something you might enjoy in your mid-50s and beyond: Becoming eligible for discounts at movie theaters, restaurants, and other entertainment venues. You also might prefer to sell your home and rent your next one, or move from your current apartment to another. You'd be in good company.

$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.

How to Spot a Phony Online Rental Ad

How to Spot a Phony Online Rental Ad

This new Freddie Mac video will teach you how to check out online ads for rentals before you write a check.

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.

You've Got Mail

You've Got Mail

Do you want to know more about buying or renting a home, the housing market and housing finance? It's quick and easy when you sign up for our weekly roundup.

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!

The Top 10

The Top 10

The results are in. We've run the numbers and here are 10 most-read posts of 2015. See what interesting topics you might have missed.

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).

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.

12 Days of Housing Tips, Bits & Lists

12 Days of Housing Tips, Bits & Lists

On these 12 days of Christmas and all through the year, Freddie Mac is serving up housing tips to those far and near. There will be tidbits and resources and quizzes too, but nowhere will you find a turtle dove or two. Today's tips are just for you.

 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.

Tenant Rights: What to Expect

Tenant Rights: What to Expect

As a tenant, you also have important rights that protect your privacy, security deposit, the condition of your home, and you and your family from illegal discrimination.

Leasing Costs: What to Expect

Leasing Costs: What to Expect

It's important to have a solid understanding of your financial situation and what you can afford to pay before you start looking for that perfect rental home. Here's what expenses you can expect from leasing.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Looking for a Roommate? Go Greyhound

Looking for a Roommate? Go Greyhound

Greyhounds top the list of best pet breeds for apartments. See what others are recommended for apartment living.

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.

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.

 Touchdown for Vacation Rentals

Touchdown for Vacation Rentals

Vacation rentals are a growing trend, especially in markets where large events are taking place. Just ask those homeowners who were lucky enough to rent out their digs for Super Bowl 49. I think they'd consider it a touchdown.

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.

Today's Renter? Tomorrow's Homebuyer? Get the Facts from Our New Survey

Today's Renter? Tomorrow's Homebuyer? Get the Facts from Our New Survey

Many renters live paycheck to paycheck - and 61% plan to keep renting in the next three years, new Freddie Mac research shows.

Home Satisfaction? What Americans Want from Their Housing

Home Satisfaction? What Americans Want from Their Housing

A new survey highlights the housing satisfaction gap: the top 10 things people want from their housing, but don't have.

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.

This is the Week to Learn About Mortgage Fraud

This is the Week to Learn About Mortgage Fraud

International Fraud Awareness Week is the time to review the best ways to avoid the most common mortgage and real estate scams.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Aging Population Faces Housing Shortage

Aging Population Faces Housing Shortage

The U.S. is unprepared to meet the housing needs of its aging population, concludes a new report by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and AARP Foundation.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.