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Most people will move about 12 times in their lifetime. That might sound like a lot, but throughout their lives, individuals fluctuate between renting a house or apartment, and owning a home. And Freddie Mac is there, providing funding and educational resources throughout their housing lifecycle.

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In this installment of “Dispelling the Myths,” we’re focusing on short sales – when a property is sold for less than the balance remaining on the mortgage loan. The short sale is an important tool for helping distressed homeowners avoid foreclosure and eliminate their mortgage debt. And thanks to key changes we’ve made in the program, Freddie Mac short sales today are taking less time to process on average than ever before. But for a lot of borrowers, short sales remain a mystery. Here are eight common misconceptions about short sales – and the facts every distressed homeowner should know.

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Thanks to tips from the public and our employees, Freddie Mac launches more mortgage fraud investigations, solves more fraud cases, and protects borrowers by stopping offenders from doing future harm. Like the detectives on TV crime shows, our fraud investigators turn tips into a steady sequence of events that include tracking down leads, interviewing victims, gathering evidence, and working with law enforcement to nab the right suspects. But real-world fraud investigations take much longer than a TV episode. The sooner we receive a good tip, the faster we can “stop the bleeding,” as investigators say.

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Potentially millions of homeowners could refinance through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) today and begin saving money each month. But many homeowners are still sitting on the sidelines, even after significant enhancements to the program and more than 2.9 million success stories.

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One reason community based lenders are known for delivering quality service is because they are deeply rooted in the markets they serve and often know their customers on a first-name basis. Maintaining this legacy in the new world we live in requires community based lenders to adapt to new regulations, technologies, and customer demands despite having smaller staff and fewer resources than their bigger competitors.

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