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Keep Calm and Shop On

Spring home buying season is here, did you know shopping for a better mortgage rate could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars?

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Is There a Faster Way to Be Mortgage Free?

90% of today's homebuyers choose a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, but what if you could be mortgage free faster?

Pinch Me! How it Pays to be Green

Did you know that going green can save you money?

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Intro to Adulting: Credit Basics for Grads

Credit 101: Before you get that diploma, check out this crash course on the ins and outs of credit.

New Job, New Home

You've taken a new job in a new city- here's how to find a new place to call home during your move.

3 Reasons to Love Tax Season

There is just over a month until Tax Day 2019. If you’re expecting a refund, here's how it can bring you closer to homeownership.

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The Tolls of Your Commute

Today's average commute is longer than ever before, Be sure to factor in the cost of your commute, including time and money, when making your move.

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Not Quite Over the Hill?

Millennials are losing out to the 55+ generation when it comes to owning a home. Why?

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Paper Chase: The Documents Involved in Renting

Having your documents in order can save you time and energy – it might even help you save on your rent.

Counting Costs: Landlords, Leases and List Prices

Before you start scoping out the perfect rental, you need to get a firm handle on your finances.

Road to Renting: Choose Your Route

Is renting right for you? Over one-third of America's families rent today.

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Crafting Your Home Security Blanket

Whichever security measures you choose to keep your home safe, do your research so that you can be confident with the level of protection it provides.

Get In-The-Know About Escrow

What is escrow and how does it affect your monthly mortgage payment?

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Super Bowl Sunday's Home Team Advantage

The NFL will crown a champion this Sunday at Super Bowl LIII, but the off-the-field winner was already announced way back in 2016: The city of Atlanta.

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Open Season: House Hunting with Kids

Before you begin touring homes, here are a few tips for parents to consider.

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Time to Fix Your ARM?

If you have an ARM that's scheduled to adjust soon, you may want to consider the benefits of a fixed-rate mortgage while rates are still low.

How KonMari Can Help Homeowners

If you're preparing your house to be staged, packing to move, or looking to make better use of the space you already have, here are some Marie Kondo inspired tips to help.

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FYIs about DIY

If you're a homeowner you've probably got ideas for home improvements... so how do DIY home projects compare to professional renovations?

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Reach Your Dreams with 3% Down

Low down payment mortgage options – some requiring as little as 3% down – are available for qualified borrowers and can offer you a path to homeownership.

Renting 101: From Listings to Leases

Approximately 63 percent of renters are satisfied with their rental experience. So, what's the key to finding the right home?

Planning Your Move

The excitement of buying a new home is frequently followed with the dread of having to move. We've put together some tips to make your move as seamless as possible.

From Saving Up to Settling Down: The Homebuying Lifecycle

Here are three key phases of homeownership that many people experience during their lifetime.

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6 Steps to Achieve your Homebuying Resolution

If one of your resolutions for 2019 is to become a homeowner, we have 6 ways to make the homebuying process easier.

In It For The Long Run

For the final blog in our avoiding homebuying mistakes series we are talking about the long-term planning involved in homeownership.

Do Your Homework

We're explaining the importance of choosing a home that meets your long-run needs and stressing the first rule of real estate: location, location, location.

Making the "Right" Choice

If you are looking to buy a house, realize that there is likely more than one "right" home for you-every property will have its pros and cons.

Money Management: Bringing Home the Bacon

A home is likely the most expensive investment of your lifetime, so it is important to begin the home buying process by getting your financials in order.

Generation Z is Buying Homes

Although Generation Z is early-on in adulthood, they nearly match millennial aspirations for homeownership, 97% of Generation Z believe that they will own a home in the future.

Making a List, Checking it Twice

As you begin to make your holiday wish list, you might also consider creating a homebuying wish list.

How Much Home Can I Afford?

Finding the answer is one of the most important questions you'll have to answer when buying a home. Learn what matters most.

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Giving Thanks at Habitat for Humanity CEO Build

This month, in the spirt of giving, we partnered with Habitat for Humanity and other local community leaders to celebrate Habitat NOVA's 100th family served with a CEO Build.

3 Tips to Help You Avoid a Rental Scam This Fall

To protect yourself, learn all you can about the rental process and watch for these red flags.

Giving Credit(Smart) Where It's Due

Learning strong lifelong money management skills can help you feel confident about your financial health no matter what obstacles arise.

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Winter is Coming... Are You Prepared?

Here are some helpful tips to keep the cold outside and you and your family warm inside.

Would You Buy a Haunted House?

Your dream home is haunted. Are you still interested?

Self-Employed? Learn How You Can Get a Mortgage

Starting the loan application process can be overwhelming, but even more so for borrowers who are self-employed.

Buying from Afar

If you're buying a home from afar you can beat a great deal of the stress with preparation and a strong support system.

What Do You Think is More Affordable?

If you've struggled to pay your rent recently, know that you’re not alone.

Equity in the West

The Western states have shown strong gains in equity this past year. What can you expect?

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Are Pet Owners More Likely to Rent or Own?

What if owning a pet could predict if you're more likely to rent or own a home?

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Ways to Save for a Down Payment

Look to build your nest egg and reach your homebuying goal with these tips.

5 Tips for Buying New Construction

Buying new construction can provide you with exciting choices, but the buying process is different and warrants some tips for success.

5 Steps to Help Safeguard Your Smart Life

Learn how to protect yourself and your smart devices from cyber criminals.

Can Housing Catch Up to the Red-Hot Economy?

With 2018 coming to an end, will the housing market see a fourth quarter comeback?

3 Strategies for Winning the Bidding War

Today's market is competitive and bidding wars are not uncommon. So, how do you "win" this war?

Apartment Types: What's the Difference?

Don't know a garden-style apartment property from a walk-up? Learn about the different types of multifamily rental housing.

30 Years of Certainty

30 years may sound like a lifetime with many unknowns, but a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage can provide you with many comforting certainties.

Hurricane Tips from Families In-The-Know

When you learn that a major storm is headed your way, you can never be too prepared. Read up and follow these practical tips from families who've been in your shoes.

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Myth vs. Fact: Manufactured Homes

Here are five prevalent manufactured housing myths and the facts that debunk them.

Is the Housing Market Shifting to Favor Buyers?

After years of increasing home prices, the tide is turning to benefit buyers.

Global Perspective

Did you know that the United States has one the most affordable housing markets in the world? It's true.

10 Terms You Should Know

If you're a first-time homebuyer, ask yourself: Am I ready for the "homebuying" lingo? Your words are important and we're here to help you talk wisely.

Rent: It's Relative

If you're renting and have flexibility with where you can call home, it's important to look deeper than just the rent payment itself. There are other important factors to consider

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ISO A+ Schools

In real estate, the adage "location, location, location" still holds true, but for three-quarters of buyers, this really means "school district, school district, school district."

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Affordability is Just One Reason Renters Intend to Keep Renting

There are more renter households today than at any point since at least 1965. Learn why.

Mortgage Relief Amid California Wildfires

If you're a homeowner who has been impacted by the California wildfires, contact your mortgage company right away to discuss your mortgage relief options.

10 Best Places for First-Time Homebuyers

Finding the right location is an important factor when looking to buy a home.

Strong & Steady

Strong and steady. That's how our transformation is showing up in our financial and business results.

Ringing the Bell at our SBL Loan Lab

We took our innovative Multifamily Small Balance Loan Lab pop-up to the Big Apple for a high-energy morning of closing deals.

Are You Financially Prepared for a Disaster?

Ask yourself these questions so you're prepared for emergencies or natural disasters.

Help Around the Corner and Across the Country

Whether you're hoping to buy a home or struggling to pay your mortgage, Borrower Help Centers and Borrower Help Network help.

Stay Safe: Preparing for a Hurricane

Unfortunately, no one can stop a tropical storm or hurricane from happening, but you can prepare and take steps to ensure the safety of your family.

Five Quick Tips About Apartment Leases

If you're moving into a new home this summer, it's important to be informed before you sign a rental lease.

First-time Buyers Are Finally on the Rise

First-time buyers represented 46 percent of Freddie Mac's purchased loans in the first quarter, which was the largest share in recent history. Can it continue?

Who Is The Borrower of the Future?

As we wrap up National Homeownership Month, what better time to look at the future of homeownership.

5 Reasons to be Optimistic About Homeownership

Find out why Freddie Mac's outlook for homeownership looks bright in coming years.

Your Home, Our Economy

From your hometown to the national stage, the housing market has big impact on the economy. In fact, it accounted for approximately 12.3% of our GDP in 2017.

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.