Keyword: Economy

Can Housing Catch Up to the Red-Hot Economy?

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

Is the Housing Market Shifting to Favor Buyers?

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

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.

March Madness: The Bottom Line

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

What is Home Equity and Why Do I Want It?

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

Recap of 2017: The Best Year in a Decade

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Moving Housing Forward

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

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.

Six Down, Six to Go

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

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

June Homes Sales Interactive

With new home sales data out for June, we're currently running 86,000 home sales (non-seasonally adjusted) above the June 2013 rate keeping us on track for the best year in home sales since 2007.

Music Tastes Aside, Austin and Nashville Markets Hit High Notes

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

10 States with the Highest Foreclosure Rates

The national foreclosure rate reached a 19-month high in May, according to real estate information company RealtyTrac. As reported in USA Today, the rise is largely the result of a bottleneck of older foreclosures finally being pushed through the process.

4 Reasons Home Sales Are Surging

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

Low Gas Prices Are Great for Vacationers But Not Everyone

Summer vacationers can rejoice that gas prices are lower per gallon than a year ago, but there is a downside for some parts of the country – like Midland, Texas, and Casper, Wyo. – where energy-related jobs are an important part of their local economy.

Tipping Point? Do Renters Become Homeowners When Rents Rise?

Are rising rents driving residents to homeownership? We wanted to know so we asked renters and found that the majority of them are not moving out.

Heading into May, Momentum Builds for Home Sales

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

April, Make or Break for Home Sales

Pending home sales trend bodes well for best home sales since 2007.

Housing Markets Experience Some Winter Doldrums

Housing markets weakened slightly, which is no surprise considering the harsh winter and slowdown in economic activity at the outset of 2015.

Which Markets Will Have the Highest Apartment Vacancy Rates

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

U.S. Housing Market Showed a 4.4 Percent Improvement in 2014

Vegas, Denver & Chicago were most improved housing markets last year.

The Affordability Stretch Got A Little Easier

With homebuyer affordability improving, some Americans are feeling the burn a bit less as they stretch to make homeownership a reality.

How Many First Responders Own Homes?

Most firefighters, police and paramedics are homeowners, says a new Freddie Mac analysis of data from the U.S. Census and Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Borrowers Who Refinanced in 2014 to Save About Billion in Interest Payments

For the first time since 2009, over half of all borrowers who refinanced saw their home equity increase since first taking out their original loan.

How Many Jobs Does It Take to Afford Rent?

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

U.S. Housing Stability Improving

Overall most markets are improving, with some to keep an eye on.