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Helping Families Stay in Their Homes

We're reimagining the mortgage experience to help keep homeowners in their homes through simpler policies and programs.

The Power of Attachment

Did you know that homeownership helps foster stronger, more stable neighborhoods? It's true. Check out all of the social benefits owning a home can bring.

Your Home and Your Community's Bottom Line

As a homeowner, you're not only making an investment in your future, you're investing in your local economy – in up to 26 ways

Get Into a Home This June

This National Homeownership Month we're celebrating borrowers and lenders as we reimagine the mortgage experience to make homeownership possible.

There's No Place Like Home

The pride of homeownership, coupled with a sense of freedom, gives you the power to make your home uniquely yours, from the outside in.

An Employment Leg Up with NextJob Partnership

A new Freddie Mac partnership with NextJob will provide job search assistance to current and aspiring homeowners living in designated underserved markets.

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Credit Risk Transfer: $1 Trillion Milestone

Credit risk transfer is changing the way the U.S. residential housing market is funded – and we're leading the way.

Inflation Protection (It's Real!)

Inflation touches virtually everything we purchase, except your fixed-rate mortgage.

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Adding Equity Up

Homeownership has cemented its role as part of the American Dream, providing families with a place that is their own and an avenue to build wealth through equity. Let's see how this equity adds up.

Why Homeownership Matters: The Triple Bottom Line

To celebrate National Homeownership Month, we're launching a blog series to show how homeownership impacts us, from providing social stability to fueling our national economy.

2018 Spring Homebuying Season Quiz

Have you enjoyed our Spring Homebuying Season Blog Series? Prove it!

You're a Homeowner! Now What?

Owning a home comes with responsibilities, but it also comes with a lot of freedom.

Closing: What to Expect

Closing is exciting because it's the final step in purchasing your home, but it can also be overwhelming. Learn what to expect.

Leveraging Your Rate

When it comes to mortgage rates, the lower the better. See how taking the extra time to shop around can help you.

Let's Get to the Point

While shopping for a mortgage you'll be offered the option to buy "discount points". What are they and do you need them?

Amore Your Amortization Schedule

What exactly is amortization, what is an amortization schedule, and why does it matter?

Homeownership: Taking Taxes into Account

2018 ushered in new federal income tax laws that have many homeowners scratching their heads and wondering how the changes will affect them . The answer: It depends.

Putting the ROI in RenOvatIons

Here are six home improvement projects that will almost pay for themselves in resale value.

Should You Fix It or Adjust It?

Take the time to learn the important features and benefits of the two most prominent mortgage types.

Stability through Innovation

Learn how our transformation and innovations are creating a better, more stable housing finance system.

Want to Buy a Home? Answer These 5 Questions

Before purchasing your home, it's important to get a full picture of your financial situation.

What's Your Financial IQ?

April is Financial Literacy Month and there is no better time than now to brush up on your financial education and life-long money management skills.

Debunking the 20% Down Myth

Don't let the 20% myth keep you from purchasing a home this spring homebuying season.

Don't Leave Money on the Table

Shopping around for a better a mortgage rate could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars.

Beyond Your Mortgage: Know What You Can Afford

In addition to your mortgage, there are additional expenses to consider when planning for your financial future once you become a homeowner.

But Wait, There's More

In addition to principal and interest, your monthly mortgage payment may also include an escrow payment and private mortgage insurance payment. So, what are these extra payments?

Understanding the Homebuying Timeline

We've outlined the main steps involved in the homebuying process to help get you started.

How Much is Affordability a Factor?

Renters say that affordability will dictate whether they will continue renting in the future.

Who Does What?

The homebuying process can be intimidating. The good news? You'll have a team of very important people who will work hard to make your experience as smooth as possible.

2018 Spring Homebuying Season: Meet Nicole

Follow Nicole's homeownership journey this Spring for tips to get into a new home.

The Fiercest Spring Homebuying Season in a Decade

This year's spring homebuying season is predicted to be even more competitive than years past. Learn how you can get a head start on the competition.

Interest Rate vs. APR

Interest Rates and APR are both used when applying for a loan. Understanding the difference between them could save you thousands of dollars.

March Madness: The Bottom Line

The "Big Dance" is one of the most famous annual sporting events, giving 14 cities the opportunity to shine.

Will Millennials Move Out?

What happens the newly crowned largest generation decides to start buying homes...and what happens if they don't?

How Will Rising Rates Affect Your Bottom Line

With the heightened talk about rising interest rates, many prospective homebuyers are understandably concerned about whether now is the right time to purchase a home.

Taking Responsibility

While shopping for your home is fun and exciting, it's important to remember the responsibilities and financial commitments you'll have as a homeowner.

4 Tips for Buying a HomeSteps Home

If you're shopping for a home, it's definitely worth taking a look at HomeSteps homes. Here are 4 tips for buying one.

Your Buying Power Just Increased

New loan limit increases may help you reach your goal of buying a home.

When Mortgage Rates Weren't Groovy

The most dramatic increase in mortgage rates came during the late 1970s. What would happen if rates rise like that again?

What is Home Equity and Why Do I Want It?

Let's define the term and calculate how much home equity you have.

How Your Tax Refund Can Help You Buy a Home

If you're expecting a tax refund this year, check out these three ways your refund could bring you closer to homeownership.

Renting Vs. Buying: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

Answer these five questions and you'll be ready to make major decisions by the time the spring thaw comes.

When Is the Best Time to Sign a Lease?

Did you know that you could save hundreds of dollars on rent depending on when you sign your next lease? Two new surveys highlight the differences by month and location.

Quite Simply, We're Better

Freddie Mac is a much better company that has transformed significantly. Learn more about our accomplishments and milestones met over the past year.

Who Do I Call If Disaster Forbearance Is Ending?

Were your monthly mortgage payments suspended temporarily because you were affected by a recent natural disaster? Wondering what happens when this "forbearance period" ends?

The Nation's Rental Housing Leader, Quantified

2017 was a record-setting year for our rental housing business, Freddie Mac Multifamily.

Numbers Don't Lie: 2017 Housing Trends

The National Association of REALTORS annual report on home buyers and sellers is full of information on the state of housing in 2017.

How Much Will You Bring to the Closing Table?

Before you get the keys to the home that you're buying, you'll go through the closing process, which includes paying certain fees. How much money are we talking about?

Pros and Cons of Buying a Home in Winter

Just because Spring is a busier real estate season than the others doesn't make it better for buyers.

One Easy System for Improving Your Credit? Yes!

Looking for an easy, convenient way to better manage your finances, improve your credit, save money, and work toward buying a home? Check out this new Freddie Mac program.

Use Your Assets

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

What to Expect: Tick Tock

If you're looking to buy your first home, you're likely asking how long the homebuying process takes, soup to nuts. Learn more about the timeline and necessary steps.

Mars vs. Venus and Your Home

It's a fact that men's and women's brains are wired in different ways. Just how much do these differences stack up when looking for a home? Let's find out.

Your Resolution, Your Home

If one of your New Year's resolutions is homeownership, check out our tips to help you reach your goal.

Let's Talk About 3% Down

If you think buying a home is out of reach because you don't have enough for a 20% down payment, get the facts about 3% down options.

Community Crew: A Look Back at a Year of Service

It was a big year for Freddie Mac's Community Crew as our energetic team volunteered to give back to their communities.

Our Top Ten List

The results are in. Did you read our top most–read blog posts for 2017?

Overcoming the Down Payment Hurdle

You're ready to buy a home, but the down payment seems like an insurmountable hurdle. Don't throw in the towel yet. It might be easier than you think.

The Top Misconceptions About Homebuying

While 2017 may have been the best year for housing in a decade, new data indicates several perceived barriers to homeownership.

The 4 Cs of Qualifying for a Mortgage

Thinking about buying a home but not sure whether you qualify for a mortgage? Here's what lenders look for in a borrower.

When Should You Buy that Starter Home?

While Spring is traditionally thought of as the peak season for buying a new home, those looking for a starter home should wait until the leaves start to fall.

Recap of 2017: The Best Year in a Decade

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

Doubling Down on Affordable Housing

We announced our reentry into the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit market, which encourages the creation and preservation of rental housing for low- and very low-income families.

3 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall

Fall is a great time of the year with changing leaves, football, a bit of chill in the air, and - for homebuyers. Find out why.

Could a Manufactured Home Be Right for You?

Manufactured homes have improved a lot over time, and are an important source of housing across the country. In Kentucky, a new program can help get you ready to buy one.

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.

Winter is Coming: Brighten Up!

Winter days ahead mean darker and shorter days for most. How can you brighten your home to balance the gray? Check out these solutions.

Mansion or Yurt: What Can You Afford?

Dreaming of owning a home and wondering how much you can afford? You're not alone.

We're Proud, We're Committed, We're Better

We're a stronger and more competitive company. See how our numbers back this up.

Be Wicked Smart About Identity Theft

Join us in our final National Cyber Security Awareness Month post to learn how to keep yourself and your information secure.

Is Renting Becoming More Affordable?

A new report issued by Freddie Mac, has found that over the past six years, the already–acute shortfall of affordable rental units has widened considerably.

Is Geography Destiny?

We examine the relationship between government regulations, geography, housing supply, house prices and rents.

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.

Mortgage Relief Amid California Wildfires

If you're a homeowner impacted by the wildfires in California, mortgage relief may be available. Contact your mortgage company right away to discuss your options.

Let's Talk About 4, 8 and 13

If you believe in superstitions and are looking to buy or sell a home, put aside the 4s and 13s and embrace the 8.

Habitat: "She Nailed It!"

During this month's SERVE, we continue our long tradition of working with Habitat for Humanity to create a safe and affordable place for families to call home.

Be Wicked Smart About Online Rental Scams

We're continuing our "Be Wicked Smart" series in celebration of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Today's topic - online rental scams.

Be Wicked Smart About Phishing

It's October AND National Cyber Security Month – be wicked smart.

Millennials Buy Homes for Their Best Friends

One–third of Millennials had their best friends at heart — dogs, that is — when deciding to buy their first homes, according to a recent survey.

Hurricane Help FAQs

To help you get answers to your hurricane–related questions, we've compiled a list of answers to FAQs due to the recent hurricanes.

Are You Financially Prepared for An Emergency?

Being financially prepared for emergencies is about more than just having savings set aside.

Outsmarting Scammers

Following a natural disaster or during times of hardship, it's very important to recognize and avoid scams.

Mortgage Assistance for Hurricane Maria

If you are a homeowner impacted by Hurricane Maria, mortgage relief may be available. Contact your mortgage company right away to discuss your options.

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.

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.

¿Con Quién Debo Comunicarme Para Obtener Ayuda Luego de un Desastre Natural?

A continuación encontrará una lista de organizaciones que le pueden brindar ayuda para recuperarse de las consecuencias del huracán. Fraude, Centros de Recuperación ante desastres de FEMA, Recursos de asistencia para recuperarse, Ayuda hipotecaria

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.

Cómo Solicitar Ayuda Después de un Huracán

Si su hogar o lugar de trabajo ha sido afectado por los huracanes Harvey o Irma, aquí le informamos algunos pasos importantes que debe dar de inmediato para encaminarse hacia la recuperación.

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.

Mortgage Relief for Hurricane Irma

If you are a homeowner impacted by Hurricane Irma, mortgage relief may be available. Contact your mortgage company right away to discuss your options.

Housing Industry Sees Affordable Renting as a Growing Concern

Affordability isn't just an issue for potential homeowners, it's also a major problem facing renters today.

Hurricane Preparedness

Texas and Louisiana just experienced the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, and already we are bracing for the impact of another powerful storm, Hurricane Irma.

Getting Help with Hurricane Harvey

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

HARP Bonus: More Time, Low Rates

HARP has been extended until December 31, 2018 and rates are still historically low. All it takes is a few minutes to see if you qualify.

Winter is Coming. Will Home Sales and Prices Cool?

With school back in session now is a good time to look back on how Spring and Summer home sales have fared thus far.

Mortgage Assistance in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

If you are a homeowner impacted by Hurricane Harvey, mortgage relief may be available. Contact your mortgage company right away to discuss your options.

Did You Know Over 93% of U.S. Homes Have Positive Equity?

You often hear that buying a home is a good way to build equity. But what does that mean?

Buying a Home is Still Affordable. Or is it?

Is buying a home affordable today? The answer is yes and no. It depends on a variety of factors, including where you live.

Going Green? Ask Questions First!

If you're looking to finance your energy–efficient home improvements, make sure you ask yourself these three questions first.

The Facts (and Myths) on Home Inspections

Because home inspections are such an important part of your homebuying journey, it's important to separate the facts from the myths.

Paying Down the Mortgage: Meet Stephen, Brad and Patty

We reached out to three homeowners, all at various stages of their mortgage, and asked them how it felt to be paying off their home. Read what they had to say.

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.

An MVP Team Can Help You Score That Home

For something as important as buying a home, you need the right team of housing professionals working with you.

33% of Homeowners Do This. Would You?

Last year, 19% of survey respondents said they would buy a house sight unseen. This year, 33%. Find out why.

Better, Stronger and Making a Difference

We've transformed into a stronger, more competitive company. In turn, this has allowed us to transform the U.S. housing finance system for the better.

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.

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.

Low Rates = High Purchasing Power

Mortgage rates are a still a steal for buyers.

Welcome to Your New Luxury (Manufactured) Home

For high–end finishes at bargain prices, check out today's crop of new manufactured homes.

Could You Chart a Similar Path to Buying a Home?

Meet Layanna, a single mom. Through her commitment and the support of her real estate agent, loan officer, and community, she's a brand–new homeowner.

Get Smart(er) on Green

Knowing the facts about your home's energy consumption is important for everyone as the country continues to advance its efforts to conserve. How much do you know?

How Well Do You Know Your Stars and Stripes?

Test your knowledge on all things Independence Day with our fun facts quiz.

What Does Homeownership Mean? We Asked, They Answered

In honor of National Homeownership Month wrapping up — and our important mission of making home possible —we asked families across the nation, "What does homeownership mean to you?"

Freddie Mac's LGBTQ Community: Proud of our Allies

Freddie Mac's LGBTQ employee resource group celebrates allies during Pride Month.

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.

Homeownership: Beyond the Mortgage

The financial obligations of owning a home are more than just paying the mortgage. Similar to owning a car, your home will need regular upkeep to keep it safe and in great shape.

The Math Behind Putting Less Than 20% Down

Did you know that you could buy a home with a down payment of less than 20%? Lots of people do. Want to join them? Find out how all of the numbers add up.

How New Homeowners Can Keep Lawns and Wallets Green

Smart landscaping and lawn care are essential to protecting the value of the most expensive thing you are ever likely to buy: your home.

Five Benefits of Homeownership You Need to Know

If you're looking to take the plunge into homeownership, its likely you've made a pros and cons list. Here are five things that should go straight to the top of your pros list.

Meet the Team: Lender

Lenders will help you understand your mortgage options, terms, closing costs, and more.

Renters Benefit from Our Latest Milestone

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

Meet the Team: Real Estate Agent

You're going to be spending a lot of time with your agent so it's important to find someone who gets you.

Meet the Team: Housing Counselor

While many people want to jump straight into the house–hunting part of the buying process, it's important to understand what the process entails first.

Spring Homebuying Season: Quiz #2

How much have you learned about the difference between the first and second–time homebuying experience? Take the quiz and let us know if you're a homebuying all–star.

Celebrating Homeownership

This June we're celebrating National Homeownership Month by providing helpful tips on buying and owning.

What's the Point?

Today's infographic considers 3 important questions to help you get the point on points.

How Much Does it Cost to Sell Your Home?

We all know that buying a home costs money, however, selling a home is costing homeowners across the country a surprising amount.

Tackling the Affordable Housing Crisis

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

What Do Today's Mortgage Rates Mean for You?

Can you afford to buy a house? It's a question that's become more difficult to answer — especially because the data differs for everyone.

The Right Fit

When it comes to home buying, which should come first? The house or the mortgage?

The Chicken or The Egg of Real Estate

If you're looking to buy your second, or "move up" home, you may be faced with the difficult decision of what to do first: list your home or make an offer. Follow along as we detail some important factors that may help you on your journey.

Getting Better and Better

Our transformation into a more competitive company is building a better housing finance system for homebuyers, renters, lenders and taxpayers.

2 x 10 Toes = We Need More Room!

Our first home was absolutely perfect — until kids came along and we quickly outgrew it. Follow my journey of "moving up" and moving out.

Spring Homebuying Season: Quiz Time!

How much have you learned about the first–time homebuying experience? Test your knowledge!

Closing the Deal: Sign Here and Here and...

Check out the infographic which highlights the traditional closing process, so you can know what to expect on your closing day!

Keep Breathing: You've Decided to Make an Offer

Here's an outline of the traditional offer process so you can know what to except when it's your turn to make the deal!

Two Freddie Mac Leaders on List of Most Important People in CRE Finance

Commercial Observer magazine listed Freddie Mac leaders David Brickman and John Cannon on their list of the most important people in CRE finance.

How Far Will Your Funds Go?

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

Get the Real Scoop on Down Payments

Believe that you need to make a down payment of at least 20% to buy a home? You have lots of company. Putting down that much money upfront certainly has benefits, but it's not required.

Urban or Suburban?

Buying a home is a big deal, so finding the right one that fits your needs is especially important and can have long–term impacts on both your wallet and your quality of life.

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.

PROVE You're Serious by Getting Pre-APPROVED

This year's Spring Homebuying Season is hot! Improve your odds of getting into a home by getting pre–approved.

Nine Housing Markets Without Room To Stretch

The April Insight looks at some of the factors that drive the location decisions of ordinary families trying to live in the most expensive metros in the U.S.

Diversity at Work: When Collaboration Fuels Success

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

Say What? Learning the Homebuying Language

Here's a quick cheat sheet of must–know terms that'll help you navigate the homebuying process. Print it out or pull it up on your phone and you'll sound like a pro in no time!

Kicking off the Spring Homebuying Season: Meet Nicole

As a recent first–time homebuyer, I'm excited to share my journey with you over the next couple of weeks!

Why the 30-year Fixed Rate Wins "Most Popular"

Of all of the mortgage products out there, the 30–year, fixed–rate mortgage reigns as the most popular. Find out why it's been the favorite for years.

Need a Spring Refresh? Consider Refinishing Your Kitchen Cabinets

Refinishing kitchen cabinets is a popular DIY project that takes time and attention to detail, but the results will revitalize the look of your kitchen at a fraction of the cost of a full remodel.

What's that Sizzle? It's the 2017 Homebuying Season.

The 2017 Spring homebuying season is already off to a hot start and activity is expected to grow throughout the year. Why so fast out of the gate? Let's find out.

This Weeks Housing Headlines

Miss some of the week's housing–related news? We've combed through the headlines for you and captured some highlights.

March Madness: Host City Advantage

As hopeful fans cheer on their teams during the 2017 NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament, the housing industry is revving up for Spring Homebuying Season.

This Weeks Housing Headlines

Mortgage rates are up, and so are home prices. You'll find both stories and more in our weekly rundown of some of the top housing news.

Who Do I Call...For Mortgage Help After a HAMP Interest-rate Reset?

Have you fallen behind on your monthly mortgage payments since the interest rate reset on your HAMP–modified loan and wondered if there's a way to help you get back on track?

Get Out Your Crystal Ball!

See what Freddie Mac has been up to lately.

Saturdays + Spring = Seller's Sweet Spot

Homes listed during these two weeks sell on average nine days faster and for 1 percent more (about ,500) than the average listing.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Need some tips as we head into the spring homebuying season? USA Today has you covered. You'll find that story, along with other housing highlights from the week, in our roundup.

Freddie Mac Is a Tech Company?

Discover why Freddie Mac is being seen as a tech company.

Serious Delinquency Rate Dips Below 1%

For the first time in nearly a decade, our single–family serious delinquency rate fell below 1%.

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.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Lots of mortgage numbers in the news this week. Check out our rundown of some of the top housing stories to see why they matter.

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.

Remodeling Tips for Aging in Your Home

More than 60 percent of homeowners ages 55 and up say they would prefer to age in place versus downsize. Check out some remodeling strategies to ensure a safe and comfortable living environment that meets life's changing needs.

This Week's Housing Headlines

The Motley Fool has an interesting read titled "4 Mortgage Fears and How to Fix Them." It's just one of the stories we're featuring in our weekly media roundup.

Moving Housing Forward

Our transformation into a more competitive company continues to move housing forward.

Celebrate Frederick Douglass on His 199th Birthday

Born a slave, escaped to freedom. Educated himself, became a scholar. Acted as a champion of freedom and equality for all, Frederick Douglass still is an inspiration.

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, What Can Your Tax Return Do for You?

Have you gotten your refund already or are you planning on filing soon? Here are 3 ways your tax return could bring you closer to homeownership.

Stop Guessin' and Stressin'

Overwhelmed by the homebuying process? We're debunking mortgage myths to get you in the know and into a new home — so put your mind at ease!

This Week's Housing Headlines

It turns out that Hispanics were the only ethnic group to increase their homeownership rate last year. That story tops our housing week in review — read on for more.

Who Do I Call...If I Need Mortgage Help While I'm Unemployed?

Are you struggling financially because you lost your job and want to know whether there's a way to reduce the strain of trying to make your monthly mortgage payments until you find a new job?

Need Housing Help? Start Here

At one of the 14 Freddie Mac–sponsored borrower help centers across the country, you can get tips and tools to prepare for homeownership.

It's All About You

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

This Week's Housing Headlines

Home prices rise while mortgage rates stand pat. Both stories are among the media reports we're following this week.

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.

Who Do I Call...If I Need to Move for a Military or Other Job Relocation?

Do you need to relocate within a tight timeframe because of a permanent change of military station or other job transfer and want to explore options for selling your home quickly?

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.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Feel like you've missed out on the week's housing news? Catch up right here with our weekly roundup of key stories from around the country.

The Down Payment Math Challenge

If you're in the market to buy a home, the amount of your down payment is likely top of mind: three percent, five percent, 10 or 20. There's no right answer for everyone; what is right for you depends on some key factors, namely your savings and monthly budget.

Who Do I Call...For Mortgage Help During Financial Hardship?

If a major event in your personal life has dealt a long–term blow to your finances, are you wondering whether you might have your monthly mortgage payment lowered to fit your reduced income?

Forecasting 2017 with Freddie Mac's Chief Economist

As 2016 gives way to 2017, we move away from recapping the year that was and transition to prognosticating the year to come.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Mortgage rates continue to move lower — good news for buyers and for homeowners looking to refinance. See our weekly roundup for the latest media stories.

3 Benefits of Credit Risk Transfer

Credit risk transfer is changing the way the U.S. residential housing market is funded. Learn about its 3 main benefits.

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

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.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Check out our summary of some of the week's most interesting housing headlines. Whether you're looking to buy, rent, or refinance, there's news of note for you.

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.

Are You On the Right Track? Understanding Your Credit Score.

Your credit score is a vital piece of a lender's credit decision, influencing the credit that's made available to you and the terms that you're offered. How is your score calculated?

This Week's Housing Headlines

What are the experts predicting for housing in 2017? Check out our roundup of some of the week's top housing headlines for that story and more.

Calculating Renting vs. Buying

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

Hacks for Un-Decking the Hall

The decorations that are so exciting to hang up can be just as daunting to take down as we move from the season of "Deck the Halls" to the season of "What do I do with it all?"

Renting & Buying: Meet the Pros

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

This Week's Housing Headlines

It's been a quiet week in advance of the New Year's holiday, but housing stories were still making headlines. We've collected some of the highlights in our weekly summary.

The Best of 2016

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

This Week's Housing Headlines

While 2016 comes to a strong close, 2017 predictions keep rolling in.

Home for the Holidays

When we make our mission personal, we change people's lives. Follow along as our Community Crew volunteers give back and help Andrea Morgan in her journey to peace, joy and home.

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?

Celebrating Home

This holiday season, we take time to be thankful for what matters most: home and family.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Mortgage interest rates and housing affordability were top of mind this week.

5 Ways to Reduce Heating Bills

There are dozens of ways a homeowner can reduce their heating bills. Here are fives ways that provide a good return on investment, are fairly easy to accomplish and are relatively inexpensive when compared with other energy improvements.

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.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Is now a good time to invest in real estate? Read what one influential voice is saying in our roundup of top housing headlines from the week.

Homebuyers: Is 0,000 Waiting for You?

Eighty–seven percent of U.S. homes are eligible for one or more homeownership programs. The down payment program benefit most frequently found? About 0,000! Could you qualify?

10 Hot Housing Markets for 2017

While most predict that the housing market will cool off slightly next year, 10 cities will remain hot thanks in large part to Millennials and Baby Boomers.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Mortgage rates, home sales and prices are rising, and so are conforming loan limits. Find these stories and more in this week's headlines.

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\nline.)

Borrowing Power to Increase Nationwide in 2017

New rules mean you may be able to borrow more next year.

A Day for Sharing and Giving Thanks

Family and friends. Marshmallows on sweet potatoes. Green bean casserole. Pie. A food–induced nap, followed by more pie. Football all day. Thanksgiving is a time to step back from our day–to–day and appreciate what and who we have in our lives.

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.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Tenants are concerned about rising rents, but that's not the only expense they're keeping their eye on. Find that story and other highlights from the week in our headlines roundup.

4 Minutes to a Safer You

International Fraud Week is a good time to learn what scams are out there and how to protect yourself. Take 4 minutes to watch these 4 videos to become a safer renter and homebuyer today.

Considering A Manufactured Home?

Forget what you think you know about manufactured homes. With prices averaging 1,300, they might just be the affordable housing option you're looking for.

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.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Housing news took a backseat this week as the election drove the bulk of the media coverage. Still, some noteworthy stories made headlines.

A Salute to Our Veterans

This Veterans Day, in communities across the nation, we pay special tribute to veterans and their families.

PMI: Your Top Questions Answered

Private mortgage insurance (PMI) is a big topic for homeowners and homebuyers alike and there is good reason, namely your wallet. Follow along as we share the top questions received today, along with the answers.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Considering buying a home? This week's headlines roundup includes a rundown of some of the most useful apps and websites. Click through to check out the full list.

Moving Housing Forward

Our progress in becoming a more competitive company continues to move housing forward.

Don't be Spoofed: It's a Wrap

With the wrap up of National Cyber Security Awareness month, it's a good time to reflect and take some steps to become more cyber savvy. Today learn how to protect your mortgage application from identity thieves.

What Do Homebuying and High School Have in Common?

Counselors who can help you succeed. A high–school guidance counselor might have advised you on what you needed to do to graduate and the path you might take toward your future. A housing counselor can advise you on how to become and stay a homeowner.

This Week's Housing Headlines

How does your city rank when it comes to your ability to build wealth? That's one of the stories we're highlighting this week. Read on for the full list.

The Energy Revolution and You

The topic of clean energy has been on the table for decades, with many left wondering if it would ever take flight. Well, it has, and it's power is making a big impact on the environment and your wallet.

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.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Hispanic homebuyers, Millennials, underwater borrowers — there's something for all of you in today's collection of noteworthy media headlines from the past seven days.

A Down Payment of Less than 20% Is OK. Really.

Did you know that the average down payment among first–time homebuyers is 6% and it's 13–14% for repeat buyers, according to the National Association of Realtors®? It's possible to put down even less.

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.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Help is available for many homebuyers looking for a mortgage with a low down payment. That's just one of the stories we've corralled for this week's headline roundup.

Don't be Spoofed

It's spooky out there. Keep yourself and your information safe and secure — don't be spoofed! National Cyber Security Awareness month is a good time to reflect and take some steps to become more cyber savvy.

Myth vs. Fact Quiz

Over the last few months we've been dispelling the top two myths on everything from down payments to renting. See how well you know the facts in today's quiz.

This Week's Housing Headlines

If you're thinking of buying, mortgage rates are still near their record lows. Check out our weekly headline roundup for that story and more.

Do You Know Your Energy?

Knowing the facts about energy consumption and conservation is important for all families as the U.S. continues to advance its efforts to conserve. We've hand picked some important facts: do you know your energy?

In Your Community

This month, we are celebrating the first anniversary of our October volunteer Serve initiative — 31 days where Freddie Mac employees and our nonprofit partners unite to give back and support the communities where we live and work.

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.

This Week's Housing Headlines

No time this week to check out the notable housing news? Not to worry — we've done the work for you.

Myth vs. Fact: Home Inspections

Home inspections are so important because they give you the opportunity to thoroughly inspect the home with a professional before you spend any of your hard-earned money to buy it. Because of this, today we're tackling the two biggest myths.

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.

Freddie Mac: A 2016 Top Company for Working Moms

For the 12th time, Working Mother magazine today named Freddie Mac a top company for working moms.

This Week's Housing Headlines

How does student loan debt affect economic mobility? A new study has some answers. Read on for that and other stories from our weekly list of housing highlights.

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.

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.

This Week's Housing Headlines

See the 25 markets where the cost of renting a home is rising fastest. You'll find that story - and others - in our roundup of some of the week's most noteworthy housing news.

Energy Costs Across the Country: The Highs, The Lows

Monthly energy costs can vary wildly from state-to-state, with some states seeing nearly double the cost as others. And it's not just about low energy prices, it's about consumption. See how the states stack up.

Myth vs. Fact: Qualifying for a Mortgage

Confused about what it takes to get a mortgage in today's market? Here are the facts to dispel the two biggest myths about qualifying for one.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Mortgage rates are down and refinance activity is going strong. Check out our weekly news roundup for that story and more.

Myth vs. Fact: Down Payments

Down payment requirements are one of the biggest misconceptions in the market. Today we're debunking the top 2 myths.

Avoiding Repair Scams After a Disaster

Fraud artists who show up after disasters promise quick, quality repairs but then overcharge, do shoddy work, or skip town with the insurance money before the job is done. Here's how to protect yourself.

Making an Offer: Getting Started

You've found the perfect home and you're ready to make an offer. Where should you start? The first step is understanding what you can afford.

Celebrating Labor Day

Labor Day is more than just a long-weekend and the start of a new school year. It's a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Lots of thought-provoking media coverage this week to get you through the holiday weekend. Read on for a list of some of the stories that caught our eye.

4 Reasons to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

It's not just about lower utility bills. Learn about all the reasons that drive today's homebuyers and homeowners to be green at home.

Myth vs. Fact: Mortgage Refinancing

Today's mortgage interest rates are at historic lows. So if you've been on the fence about whether to refi, this may be the time. Today we're dispelling the top two myths about refinancing.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Where is it easiest to get a mortgage? That story from CNBC is just one of this week's most interesting housing headlines.

Good News for HARP: More Time, Low Rates

HARP, one of the most successful crisis-era programs for homeowners has been extended to September 30, 2017. If you haven't acted yet, you now have more time to take advantage of today's low rates.

Sales on Track Despite Limited Housing Stock & Rising House Prices

How are home sales looking now that we're more than half way through 2016?

Green? Or Just a Shade of Green?

If you're in the market to buy an energy-efficient home, take note of a practice called "greenwashing" that may oversell the true "green." Is it really energy-efficient or are you being misled by a mere lightbulb?

Myth vs. Fact: 3% Down Mortgage

Not sure you qualify for our 3% down mortgage? Today we're dispelling the top two myths about what it takes.

This Week's Housing Headlines

No shortage of media focus this week on Millennials. To see why, check out our weekly collection of some of the most interesting housing headlines.

Myth vs. Fact: PMI

Confused about PMI? You're not alone. So today we're dispelling the top two myths.

Knowledge is Power. Really.

One of the first steps for saving on your utility bills is to determine how much energy your appliances use. What trumps what — the computer, dishwasher or clothes dryer — for making your bills soar? Find out.

This Week's Housing Headlines

In the news this week, the housing market continues its recovery — but are some people being left behind? You'll find that coverage and more in our roundup.

15 Low-Cost Money-Saving Energy Tips: You've Got the Power

The typical U.S. family spends at least ,200 a year on home utility bills. These bills are a part of life, however many don't realize the power they have to cut this figure by up to 25%. Find out how and start saving today.

3.4 Million Homeowners Have Saved Big 11074$ Through HARP. Could You?

If you're underwater on your mortgage and could use extra cash in your wallet, call your lender today and ask if HARP can help you.

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.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Which housing stories captured the headlines this week? No need to guess - we've rounded up some of the most interesting for you.

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

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.

Moving Housing Forward

Our progress in becoming a more competitive company continues to move housing forward.

Chris Boyle Wins HousingWire "Women of Influence" Kudos

Congratulations to Chris Boyle, Freddie Mac Single-Family SVP of Sales & Relationship Management, for being recognized among the housing industry's top "Women of Influence" by HousingWire.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Whether you're buying or selling, younger or older, new-house hunting, condo shopping or renting, there's housing news of note this week for you. Check out our collection of headlines.

Six Down, Six to Go

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

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.

Financing Your Green: Three Critical Questions to Ask

If you're looking to finance energy efficient improvements for your home, your first step is to get educated on today's programs to avoid financial pitfalls in the future. Dig in and get clear answers to your questions.

This Week's Housing Headlines

It's been a low-key week on the housing front, but we've still managed to dig through the headlines and find stories that matter. Check out our weekly summary.

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

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.

This Week's Housing Headlines

House prices are up, but some big cities still have a good supply of affordable homes. Click through for that story and more in our weekly roundup.

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.

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.

5 Lessons from the Crisis

During the crisis, we learned there were 5 major factors for successful loss mitigation.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Mortgage rates drop again and approach their all-time lows. Read on for more noteworthy headlines in our weekly roundup.

3 Steps to 3% Down

3% down in today's market is the real deal. Today we're sharing 3 steps to a 3% down Freddie Mac Home Possible Advantage mortgage.

How Well Do You Know Your Red, White, and Blue?

July 4th is a holiday to spend with family and friends, enjoying backyard barbecues, and, of course, watching fireworks. It's also the day we celebrate our nation's birthday and the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

This Week's Housing Headlines

The last time the homeownership rate in the U.S. hit 50% was in the 1940s. Could it happen again? That story and more in our weekly news roundup.

3 Benefits of Credit Risk Transfer

Credit risk transfer is changing the way a significant portion of the U.S. single-family housing market is funded. Learn about it's 3 main benefits.

Home Searches Made Easier

Register today for a free HomeSteps.com Home Search Account to keep track of your recent searches and receive weekly notifications of new home listings.

Time to Test Your Homebuying Smarts

Take the time to see what you learned in our "It's About Time" blog series quiz.

HARP: Get the Facts and Act Fast

Over 3.4 million homeowners have been helped through HARP, yet many eligible homeowners are still sitting on the sidelines due to common myths about the program. Follow along as we deliver the facts.

This Week's Housing Headlines

We've waded through the week's housing news so you don't have to. Here are just some of the interesting headlines we came across.

Ahead in May

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

Many Returns of the Day, USDA!

Congratulations to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development on its Single-Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program's 25th anniversary! Freddie Mac looks forward to working together even more closely over the next 25.

50 Billion And Going Strong

We're celebrating an important corporate milestone — the transfer of a significant amount of mortgage credit risk on 50 billion in unpaid principal balance of single-family and multifamily loans.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Mortgage rates hit a three-year low. Check out that story and more in this week's headline roundup.

HARP: Two Ways to Save

HARP, a federal program launched to help homeowners who owe more on their home than it's worth, helps borrowers save in two ways: through lower rates and lower terms. Find out if you're eligible for HARP and act fast as the program ends soon!

Who to Contact After Closing

You were lucky enough to find and buy your dream home during this spring homebuying season. Now you have questions about your loan, so who should you call?

4 Tips to Keep Your Cool on Closing Day

The thing you'll probably remember years later about your closing is how many times you had to sign your name. No need to feel overwhelmed! Following these tips will help you stay calm, cool, and collected during your closing.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Some insights into the housing choices of the nation's 55+ population, a drop in mortgage rates, and a scam warning are among this week's most interesting housing headlines.

Grandkids Over Golf

Will Boomers all retire to warmer weather to play golf? Freddie Mac asked nearly 6,000 55+ homeowners and renters about their future housing plans.

Steps to a Smooth Closing

The key to a smooth closing on a house is doing everything you can to eliminate the element of surprise. Like not waiting until the last minute to get a mortgage, closing agent, insurance company, or review your closing document.

Beware of Phishers Trying to Hook Your Closing Costs

Homebuying season can be open season for scams. Don't get caught.

Before You Close, Watch This!

Watch this video to learn about a dangerous settlement fraud that could cost you tens of thousands of dollars and stop your home purchase at the closing table.

This Week's Housing Headlines

What does this week's array of economic reports tell us? This week's housing headlines offer indications.

Calculating Ways Homeowners Can Save Money

During the homebuying process, you're probably focused on all of the related costs. Why not think a bit about how you might save money once you're a homeowner? Freddie Mac's calculators and worksheets can help.

Chris Boyle Wins HousingWire "Women of Influence" Kudos

Congratulations to Chris Boyle, Freddie Mac Single-Family SVP of Sales & Relationship Management, for being recognized among the housing industry's top "Women of Influence" by HousingWire.

Honoring Those Who Put Their Lives on the Line

Today ends Military Appreciation Month, but past and present Service members have Freddie Mac's support all year.

Addressing Appraisal Errors

The appraisal value is critical to sellers — who want the highest price — and buyers who want the price they offered and know their mortgage lender will finance. Regardless of which side of the transaction you're on, it's essential to know how to look out for your best interests.

This Week's Housing Headlines

As the weather warms, the housing market stays hot. Find out why and more: Read our weekly summary of housing news.

Making up Ground

Housing remains a bright spot in the economic outlook and should propel the U.S. economy forward for the balance of this year.

Rules for a Smooth Home Inspection

Home buyers get a limited amount to have their home inspected for big issues (foundation cracks) or smaller ones, like broken outlets. Here's how to make the best use of your inspection contingency period to find out what's behind the walls and avoid unexpected repairs.

Freddie Mac Earns Three Mortgage-Backed Securities Awards

For the second consecutive year Freddie Mac's Structured Agency Credit Risk (STACR®) debt notes have been named RMBS Deal of the Year by Global Capital, a leading financial news and data service covering the capital markets. Freddie Mac also earned top honors for Best Overall Securitization Issuer and Best RMBS Issuer.

This Week's Housing Headlines

The Wall Street Journal has tips for retirees grappling with the question: rent or buy? Read that and other stories in our weekly summary of news from around the 'net.

Down Payments: There's Help for That

"If only I could afford the down payment, I could buy that home." You might be able to do both. An acceptable down payment might be smaller than you think (hint: less than 20%). On top of that, you might be eligible for down payment assistance.

Dear Seller, Pick Me

Congratulations, you've found the home of your dreams! Before you submit an offer, you may want to include one thing to set you apart from the competition — a letter to the seller.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Looking to buy a house in a tight market? The New York Times has some tips this week. Read our roundup for that story and other news of note.

Try, Try Again: Responding to a Counteroffer

You've found the right team. You've found the right home. You're all set to name a price and start moving in furniture, right? Wrong! Making the initial offer is often just the first of several steps before signing the contract.

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.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Mortgage rates are hovering just above their lows for the year. That's great news for house hunters, and it's just one of the key media stories we're tracking this week.

First-time Homebuyers Spring Back

Early reports are showing first-time homebuyers coming back into the market.

Moving Housing Forward

Our transformation to be a more competitive company continues to move housing forward.

Down Payments and PMI: Get the Facts

Does word on the street have you believing you need to put 20% down to buy a home? The fact is that you don't and we encourage you to do your homework and work with a housing professional to find the best option for you.

This Week's Housing Headlines

This week's housing news is a lot like a spaghetti Western: Some good, some bad, and some downright ugly. Check out our full round-up.

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.

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.

Cities that Gained the Most New Residents

About three-quarters of U.S. metropolitan areas added to their populations between July 2014 and July 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In total, the number of people living in metro areas grew by 2.5 million during those 12 months, to 275.3 million.

Job Interview Questions for Your Next Lender

Questions you'll want to ask to find that lender who will follow through on their promises, close your loan on time, and get you the best deal you can afford.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Low mortgage rates are helping to heat up the spring homebuying season. Check out our weekly news roundup for some of the hottest housing headlines.

What's in Your Trash Can?

Today, in observance of Earth Day, we celebrate the big difference our employees are making.

Homework and a Home Purchase

Before making a major purchase, consumers are routinely advised to "do their homework first." What does this mean in the context of buying a house? It's more than just getting your financial house in order — you also need to study where you live now.

Borrower Help Centers Guide the Path to Homeownership

The journey toward owning a home can seem long and winding, especially if you're a first-time homebuyer. A housing counselor can help you map a clear path and guide your way forward. Freddie Mac's Borrower Help Centers and Borrower Help Network offer the trustworthy, one-to-one help you may want.

This Week's Housing Headlines

The 30-year mortgage rate hit its lowest mark since May 2013. That's just one of the news stories we've been tracking this week. Check out the full roundup.

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.

Putting Together a Homebuying Dream Team - Part 2

The last two positions for your dream team of home buying professionals are critical for catching costly issues early and avoiding legal complications when its time to close.

Putting Together a Homebuying Dream Team - Part 1

A dream team of home buying professionals can help you save time and money by catching costly issues early and avoiding legal complications in the closing.

Why Was My Mortgage Sold?

Did you receive a letter stating that Freddie Mac purchased your loan? If so, do not be alarmed and check out our most frequently asked questions.

Celebrating Volunteers

During National Volunteer Week we take a moment to celebrate all volunteers who give back to make our communities better and improve the lives of others.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Among this week's headlines: House prices continue to rise while mortgage rates hit their lowest level in over a year. Check out our roundup.

Mortgage Rates: Still Something to Celebrate

Today's mortgage rates remain near historic lows and this has an important and direct effect on how much home you can afford.

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.

What Should Home Shoppers Know About Remodeling?

From a home shopper's point of view, buying a recently remodeled house could be a savvy way to buy cool upgrades, like an upscale bathroom, for about half the project's original cost. Remodeling Magazine's latest Cost vs. Value report shows why.

This Week's Housing Headlines

We considered being all cute and cunning with our headline wrap-up this week in honor of April Fool's Day. But instead we're going to play it straight and simply say, "Here's the news."

Top 5 Cities for Walking, Biking, and Transit

Why is location so important? Because it's about convenience, quality of life, and being close to things that matter most.

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.

3 Tips to Find "the One"

You've pored over local real estate listings and watched hours of house hunting shows. You're ready to take the plunge and start seriously looking for a new home. How can you make sure you pick the right one? Follow these 3 tips.

3 Tips to Find "the One"

You've pored over local real estate listings and watched hours of house hunting shows. You're ready to take the plunge and start seriously looking for a new home. How can you make sure you pick the right one?

This Week's Housing Headlines

There are just not enough affordable homes to go around – that was the focus of a number of media reports this week. Read more in our weekly headlines rundown.

A Slow Start to the Best Year in Home Sales in a Decade

Houses certainly aren't selling at breakneck speed so far this year, but with the spring home buying season upon us we expect them to improve. Our housing tracker shows where we currently stand.

Avoid These 7 Borrowing Pitfalls

Because lending transactions often seem complicated, it's not unusual for borrowers to rely on the expertise of professionals for guidance. But what if the "professional" you choose is actually a scam artist or predator looking to push you into a costly or risky situation?

This Week's Housing Headlines

Tips for young homebuyers, good news about Hispanic homeownership, and a boost in house and apartment building. You'll find all those stories in our weekly roundup.

Your Top 3 Down Payment Myths Debunked

Today we're debunking the top 3 down payment myths in time for spring homebuying.

How Much Home Can You Afford?

Condo? Fixer-upper? McMansion? Starter home? Town house? Tiny house? Before you start looking seriously at buying ANY kind of home this spring, you'll first need to answer the single-most important question: How much home can I afford?

Spring Forward to Spring Homebuying

Today kicks off our "It's About Time" blog series that will help you be ready in time for spring homebuying.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Thinking about refinancing? This week's roundup features a list of the top ten states where you should seriously consider it.

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

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

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.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Among this week's headlines: An eye-opening story from the New York Times about overcrowded housing, and the physical and emotional toll it can take.

Did it Work? Test Your Knowledge

Take our quiz to test your knowledge on How it Works.

3 Ways Your Tax Refund Can Bring You Closer to Homeownership

The average 2015 tax refund is ,120 so far - what will you do with yours?

How it Works: Credit Risk Transfer

Today's video will show you how credit risk transfer works.

This Week's Housing Headlines

A slew of housing and economic data came out this week. But what's it trying to tell us? Check out some key headlines.

More than 3.3 Million People Have Saved With HARP. Could you?

If you owe more on your mortgage than your home is worth and haven't refinanced into a lower interest rate yet, then HARP is designed for you.

How It Works: The Mortgage Loan Application Process

Read on to see what the mortgage application process is all about.

HomeSteps: More Questions Answered

More questions answered about HomeSteps just in time for spring homebuying.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Didn't have time this week to check out the housing news? We've done the work for you and collected some of the most prominent media reports here.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Didn't have time this week to check out the housing news? We've done the work for you and collected some of the most prominent media reports here.

Moving Housing Forward

See how our work to build a better Freddie Mac and a better housing finance system is moving housing forward.

How It Works: The Closing Process

You'll sign many important documents at closing, the final step in the homebuying process when the property is legally transferred to you. Learn more about what to expect at closing and how it all comes together.

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.

How it Works: Making an Offer

Learn about the process for making an offer in our How it Works series.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Economic reports and yet another drop in mortgage rates dominated the week's housing headlines. We've gathered up some of the highlights for you.

HomeSteps: Your Top Questions Answered

Today we answer your top questions to help you start your home search at HomeSteps.

How it Works: Amortization

Your amortization table outlines every monthly payment you make on your loan and its contribution toward equity. Find out how it works and why it's important.

How to Avoid Mortgage Fraud in 60 Seconds

In just one minute this new Freddie Mac video will teach you the essentials for avoiding mortgage fraud.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Another week, another drop in mortgage rates — and just in time for the spring homebuying season. Read that story and more of the week's notable housing news.

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 7.3 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.

How it Works: Mortgage Servicing

Today in our How It Works series we're focused on mortgage servicing.

How It Works: PMI

If you're in the market to buy a home, you've likely heard the acronym "PMI." What is it and how does it work?

The Best Year in Home Sales Since 2007!

Expect home sales to carry this momentum forward in 2016.

How it Works: Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs)

Is an ARM right for you? Learn how they work before making your decision.

Credit Risk Transfer: How Does it Work?

Our new credit risk transfer infographic breaks it down.

Law Enforcement Cracking Down on Online Home Rental Scams

Law enforcement started the year by cracking down on fraudsters using phony online real estate ads to fleece would-be renters.

U.S. Housing Market Continues to Show Strong Improvement

MiMi sees the best housing improvement in a year.

How it Works: Underwriting a Mortgage

Freddie Mac's How It Works series looks at the different steps involved in underwriting a mortgage.

How It Works: The Secondary Mortgage Market

Follow along with our new blog series, where we discuss how things work in the mortgage market, from underwriting your loan to credit risk transfer. To kick off the series, we introduce you to the inner workings of the secondary mortgage market.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Learn about a new tool aimed at helping would-be homebuyers shop for loans. It's one of the media stories we're highlighting in this week's roundup.

Introducing the Real Estate Professionals Resource Center

Check out our new online resource for real estate professionals.

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!

This Week's Housing Headlines

Which housing markets will be hot in 2016? Is relief from ever-rising rents in sight? Will the strong purchase market continue? Read on for insights into these questions and other top issues.

Looking to Get More Financially Savvy in 2016? Get CreditSmart

The Freddie Mac CreditSmart® curriculum is your guide to better credit, money management, and responsible homeownership.

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 7.3 billion in 2015. This achievement represents important contributions to every corner of the multifamily market – including supporting affordability for those who need it most.

GSEs Tout UCD Benefits at MISMO Winter Summit

Learn what the GSEs had to say about the Uniform Closing Dataset yesterday at the annual MISMO Winter Summit.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Which housing and economic issues are making headlines as 2016 gets underway? Early coverage suggests it's going to be another interesting year.

Kitchen, Closet, Bathtub?

Depending on where you want to live, that's how much house 0,000 could buy you.

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: It's a Wrap

Today we wrap up our 12 days of tips, bits & lists blog series with an overview of the financial obligations that come with homeownership.

U.S. Housing Market Posts Strong Improvement

MiMi sees the best housing improvement since last summer.

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.

November Home Sales

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

Tiny Houses: Just Right for Retirement?

Tiny houses and micro-units typically bring to mind Millennials and Generation Xers shrinking their housing costs and environmental impacts. But they could be gaining popularity among Baby Boomers, too.

Tips, Bits & Lists: Day 10

On the 10th day of tips, bits & lists, we take on the 10 words you'll want to brush up on if you're in the market to buy a home.

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 8

Today's 8-question quiz will test your knowledge on down payments.

Get Ready, Here Comes Winter

Winter is off to a mild start in many places across the country but, depending on where you live, that'll change soon enough. So take this time to prepare yourself and your home for the wintry weather ahead.

Serious Delinquency Rate at 7 Year Low

Freddie Mac's single-family serious delinquency rate declined to 1.36% in November 2015, reaching its lowest level since October 2008.

Tips, Bits & Lists: Day 7

Today in our tips, bits & lists blog series learn about the 7 factors that affect your mortgage interest rate.

Tips, Bits & Lists: Day 6

On the 6th day of tips, bits & lists, we talk about the six things to know about apartment leases.

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.

This Week's Housing Headlines

One topic dominated the news this week: The Fed's decision to raise interest rates. You'll find that story, of course, and others making headlines in our weekly roundup.

Tips, Bits & Lists: Day 4

On the 4th day of tips, bits & lists, we're focused on the 4 Cs. You're probably thinking diamonds, but actually we're talking about the 4 Cs of qualifying for a mortgage.

Tips, Bits & Lists: Day 3

On the 3rd day of tips, bits & lists, we're answering the top questions about our 3% down mortgage — Home Possible Advantage.

More Homeowners Tap Equity

An estimated 2.2 billion in net home equity was cashed out during the refinance of conventional prime-credit home mortgages in the third quarter.

Freddie Mac "Seals" Deal to Help 10,000 Veterans, Other Families

Easter Seals and Freddie Mac are teaming up to help as many as 10,000 veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, caregivers and others to better manage their finances and find housing options in their communities.

Tips, Bits & Lists: Day 2

In October 2015, two new mortgage disclosure forms went into effect as part of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Know Before You Owe mortgage rule. What are these forms and how can they help you? Find out here.

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.

This Week's Housing Headlines

In the news this week: Lots of information – some of it troubling – for renters. Check out those headlines and more in our weekly roundup.

That Apartment Property Over There? You Might Be an Investor

Who invests in – and, therefore, technically owns – multifamily rental properties? Maybe you do, without even knowing it.

"Home is a Place to Nurture and Be Nurtured"

We're celebrating home this holiday season by featuring families who answered the important question, "What home means to me?" Meet another six this week.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Will they or won't they? Lots of media speculation this week on whether millennials will make the leap into homeownership in 2016. That story and more in our weekly roundup.

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.

HomeSteps.com: Fresh Look; Same Quality Difference

Freddie has affordable and repaired homes available across the country just waiting for an owner. Now looking for one just got easier, thanks to HomeSteps®' redesigned website.

What Home Means to Me

This holiday season, we're featuring families across the nation who answered the important question, "What home means to me?" This week we highlight another six of them.

Borrowing Power Increases in 39 U.S. Counties Next Year

National conforming loan limits remain unchanged in 2016, but 39 high-cost counties will see an increase. See where your county stacks up.

Home for the Holidays

In honor of making home possible, we asked families across the nation, "What does home mean to you?" This week we highlight six of them and we'll be featuring others throughout the holiday season.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Is another housing bubble taking shape? Hear from the experts and catch up on some of the week's other top housing news.

Home Maintenance: What to Expect

Maintenance will cost you time and money, but it can protect your home's value and ensure the comfort and safety of your family. Learn what to expect about home maintenance costs.

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

Refinancing: What to Expect

Throughout the term of your mortgage, you may choose to refinance. Find out what you can you expect from the refinance process and how it can affect your wallet – short- and long-term.

This is a Week to Watch Out for Fraud

Freddie Mac is using International Fraud Awareness Week to alert lenders and consumers about mortgage fraud and how to report suspicious activities to Freddie Mac's fraud investigators.

This Week's Housing Headlines

New efforts aimed at helping borrowers with HAMP modifications and stabilizing distressed neighborhoods made headlines this week. Read about them — and other housing-related news — in our Friday roundup.

The Closing Process: What to Expect

You've saved for it, searched for it, found it, and negotiated over it. Finally, you're ready to take possession of it — your new home. Before that can happen, however, comes the closing process.

Honoring Our Veterans

On this Veterans Day we pay special tribute to all veterans and we thank you for your service to our nation.

Financial Obligations: What to Expect

There are many financial obligations that come with homeownership. Here's what you can expect.

NSI: Coming to a Community Near You

On December 1st, local community organizations in 18 metros will be given the opportunity to review and purchase REO properties owned by Freddie Mac before they are listed for sale.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Before you shut down for the weekend, have a look at some of the housing stories we've been following this week.

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.

900 Conference-goers Talk Rental Housing Growth

More than 900 industry professionals explored the market's growth from various angles at Freddie Mac Multifamily's Customer Conference, held recently in Chicago.

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.

Moving Housing Forward

Freddie Mac is building a better company and a better mortgage finance system that is moving housing forward. Our proof is in our numbers.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Home prices are up, new home sales are down. And the age-old question – buy or rent – is on a lot of people's minds. We'll check out those stories and more in our headline round-up.

September Home Sales

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

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

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.

Home Inspections: What to Expect

Home inspections are so important because they give you the opportunity to thoroughly inspect the home with a professional before you spend any of your hard-earned money to buy it. Here's what you can expect from yours.

This Week's Housing Headlines

It's been another busy week, with lots of media reports coming out of the Mortgage Bankers Association's 102nd Annual Convention & Expo. Freddie was there making some news of our own. Check it out.

Down Payments: What to Expect

If you're in the market to buy a home, your down payment is probably top of mind. Here's what you should 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.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Will it, or won't it? Lots of reporting this week on whether the Fed will raise rates this year. You'll find that story and more in our weekly recap.

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

It's International Credit Union Day – and we're giving credit where credit is due.

Making an Offer: What to Expect

You've found the home you've been searching for and now it's time to make your offer. Learn what steps to expect in the process.

Asking Early, Always and Often What Your Customers Want

A new Executive Perspective by Freddie Mac EVP of Single Family, Dave Lowman, zeros in on the lessons of customer service he acquired after 25 years of experience as a Freddie Mac customer.

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.

Your Team: What to Expect

Learn what to expect from your home buying team.

Freddie Mac's support for student housing

Student housing is a growing sector of the multifamily market.

This Week's Housing Headlines

We try not to overload Friday's headlines recap with stories about Freddie Mac, but we've been in the news quite a bit this week. House hunters, renters, lenders – read up!

Meet the Experts: Staging

Putting your house on the market? Watch this video to learn 3 tips for staging your home.

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

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.

New Mortgage Disclosures Begin Tomorrow

Tomorrow the Know Before You Owe mortgage rule goes into effect, replacing previous disclosures with two new forms.

This Week's Housing Headlines

October brings cooler weather and falling leaves. This year, it's also bringing new regulations for mortgage lenders that significantly change the homebuying process. Read more in our headline round-up.

Job Issues Receding as Cause of Mortgage Delinquencies

The percentage of mortgage delinquencies linked to unemployment and income losses is falling, according to Freddie Mac statistics.

Giving Back

Unite 5,000 employees and 15 nonprofits around a common goal of doing good over 31 days and you can make a real difference for families and neighborhoods. That's exactly what October's Serve Call-to-Action volunteer initiative is all about.

Meet the Experts: Credit

Learn 3 ways to improve your credit in this video.

Teaming Up in Tampa

Freddie Mac is teaming up to help make the dream of homeownership a reality for families in Florida.

Freddie Mac Named a Top 100 Company for Working Moms

Working Mother magazine just named Freddie Mac one of the 2015 Working Mother 100 Best Companies.

August Home Sales

With summer now in the review mirror, how are home sales tracking so far this year?

This Week's Housing Headlines

Think you know what city is the world's most expensive place to live? That's one of the takeaways from this week's batch of housing-related news.

U.S. Housing Markets See Best Annual Improvement in a Decade

Housing stability index trending in the right direction for the second consecutive month.

Meet the Experts: Housing Counseling

Learn 3 ways housing counselors can help you.

Will New Mortgage Disclosures Delay Your Closing?

According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the answer is no for just about everybody.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Whether you're thinking of buying, selling, or renovating a home, there was news this week you'll want to know. Here's our recap of some of the top housing headlines.

Countdown to Know Before You Owe

Starting October 3rd, the Know Before You Owe mortgage rule will simplify and improve the way you'll receive information about mortgage loans, both when applying for a loan and when you're getting ready to close.

Meet the Experts: Home Purchase Costs

Watch this video to understand the 3 main costs of buying a home.

Freddie Mac: First-Time Homebuyer Gains Hold Steady in 2015

According to the latest numbers, Freddie Mac financed affordable mortgages for nearly one million first-time homebuyers and over 4.5 million low- and moderate-income borrowers between 2009 and 2015.

This Week's Housing Headlines

What's hot and what's not in housing? Check out our weekly recap of some of the industry's top headlines.

Top 5 Concerns of Potential Homebuyers

What's the biggest concern about buying a home? Redfin posed that question to more than 3,500 households. Check out this year's top five and how they compare to last year's.

Meet the Experts: Down Payments

Learn 3 facts about down payments that may surprise you in our Meet the Expert video series.

This Week's Housing Headlines

We usually try not to boast, but we're pretty proud of this HousingWire headline: "Freddie Mac rising; with Donald Layton at the helm, Freddie Mac surges into new territory."

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.

Fraudsters Casting Wider Net on Internet

Fraudsters are using pictures of anything that looks like a house to trick would-be renters out of their money and personal information.

Meet the Experts: Homeownership

Molly, a real estate agent for Century 21 New Millenium, shares 3 reasons to consider homeownership. Watch the video.

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.

This Week's Housing Headlines

A wild week comes to a close, leaving us with lots of new housing and economic data to absorb. Key for house hunters: mortgage rates tumble.

Help for Borrowers Struggling to Make Higher HAMP Payments

If higher HAMP payments have left you struggling, you may be eligible to have your loan re-modified.

U.S. Housing Markets Strengthen

Over Half of All States; 40 Percent of Top 100 Metros in Stable Housing Range.

The Best July for Home Sales Since 2006

How will home sales compare this year?

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 Tips to Help You Plan for Home Maintenance

Maintenance will cost you time and money, but it can protect your home's value and ensure the comfort and safety of your family. These 4 tips can help you plan.

Brass Tacks Facts: Test Your Knowledge

Test your knowledge of mortgage essentials.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Several important numbers are in. Read about them and more in this week's housing headlines.

Remodeling? 6 Tips for Hiring Professionals

Chances are you'll need to hire professional help for at least part of your remodeling project. Keep these 6 in mind when hiring one:

NBC4 Spotlights V.E.T.S Program

NBC4 takes an inside look at Freddie Mac's partnership with tech services firm Sharp Decisions and the innovative V.E.T.S program that is helping vets jumpstart their civilian careers in IT.

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.

This Week's Housing Headlines

This week brought lots of news that's helpful to consumers. Check the housing headlines on our blog to learn more.

NPL Sales: Calling All Bidders

Today Freddie Mac announced a .2 billion auction of deeply delinquent non-performing loans (NPLs), and we're calling all eligible bidders.

Getting Down to Brass Tacks: APR

If you're shopping for a mortgage and you're confused about why mortgage rates are quoted in terms of interest rate and APR, you're not alone.

All in a Rate: 7 Key Factors

Become a savvier shopper by learning what 7 factors affect your interest rate.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Not all of the news is good, but if you're thinking about buying a home, you should definitely give these articles a read.

Top Industry Honors for Two Freddie Mac Women Executives

Two Freddie Mac top-ranking women recently received honors for their industry contributions – Senior Vice Presidents Christina Boyle and Debby Jenkins.

Getting Down to Brass Tacks: Escrow

You've done your homework and are ready to own a home. You know what you can afford and understand your rate and terms. And just when you thought you had all the real estate lingo down, a new term came along: escrow. What is it and do I need it?

Moving Housing Forward

Freddie Mac is building a better company and a better mortgage finance system that is moving housing forward. The proof is in the numbers.

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.

This Week's Housing Headlines

Everyone selling a home wants it to go quickly. We've got some tips in this recap of the week's housing news that may give you a leg up over the competition.