Get Smart About Credit: Credit Basics Q&A
Understanding what credit is, what affects credit and how credit is used can empower you take control of your financial health.
Do I Need to Put Down 20% on a Home?
You may be overestimating the upfront costs of homeownership. Some mortgage programs make it possible to put down as little as 3%.
From Down Payments to Dating: Why Credit Matters
Good credit can affect many aspects of your life – such as getting a loan, utility accounts and even a date.
Freddie Mac Mortgage Programs: Which One is Right for You?
Freddie Mac's loan programs make homeownership possible for borrowers in all different situations.
3 Strategies to Win a Bidding War
Today's market is competitive and bidding wars are not uncommon. So, how do you "win" this war?
The Math Behind Putting Less Than 20% Down
See how a lower down payment affects your monthly mortgage payment and total expenses over the life of your loan.
Qualifying for a Mortgage When You're Self-Employed
Learn how to qualify for a mortgage if you have a non-traditional work situation.
How to Find the Right Home for You
The right home is out there if you know what you’re looking for. Begin with a list of needs, wants and deal-breakers.
Are You Ready to Buy Your First Home? Here's How to Tell
Managing your expectations early in the homebuying process helps set you up for success in the long run.
10 Real Estate Terms Every Homebuyer Should Know
Buying a home is exciting, but it's easy to get overwhelmed if you're not familiar with the homebuying vocabulary.
The Essential Guide to Creating a Homebuying Budget
Understand how much you can afford and how to prepare for the costs of buying and owning a home.
Energy Efficient Mortgage: What is It and How Do I Get One?
If you’re in the market for a green home or need financing for efficiency upgrades, an EEM could be right for you.
Build Wealth with a Starter Home
A starter home can give you experience in owning a home and the financial benefits that come with it, without the pressure of finding your forever home immediately.
How to Ensure a Smooth Closing
Before closing day arrives, follow these steps to make sure you are prepared.
5 Rules for Making an Offer on a Home
Once you find a home that meets your wants and needs, your real estate agent will help you make a strong offer.
Tips for Online House Hunting
Modern technology is changing a lot of things – including the way buyers search for homes.
How to Find the Right Mortgage
You will need to consider these three things when choosing a mortgage.
How to Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage
Here's what you need to know to get pre-approved for a mortgage.
Budgeting for Upfront Costs: The Homebuyer’s Guide
Learn which expenses you’ll need to cover out of pocket, so you can factor them into your final homebuying budget.
8 Steps to Buying a Home
Are you ready to buy a home? Here's a step-by-step guide to help you navigate the homebuying process.
5 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Green Home
Are you in the market for an eco-friendly home? Work with your team to understand all your options.
What is a Green Home?
Buying an eco-friendly home can be a great investment. But what does “green” mean?
What Happens When COVID Forbearance Ends
Learn what happens when forbearance ends and how repayment works.
Mortgage Rates: Still the Deal of the Century
If you're in the market to buy a home, today's average mortgage rates are something to celebrate compared to almost any year since 1971.
Making a [Homebuying] List, Checking it Twice.
Use our homebuying checklist if you're looking to become a homeowner in the new year.
In the Know: Manufactured Homes
For many, the term "manufactured housing" doesn’t conjure images of spacious and updated homes, but perhaps it should.
Winter Housing Market = Buyers’ Wonderland
Find out why winter might be the best time to buy a house, and read tips for homebuying in colder weather.
Would You Buy a Home Next to a Cemetery?
Buying a home near a cemetery may not be as grave a mistake as you think.
5 Homebuying Reality TV Myths
How real is reality TV? Here are some homebuying lessons you won't learn from binge watching your favorite shows.
The Best Week to Buy a Home
With kids back in school and the days getting shorter, some families may think it wise to wait for the spring or summer buying season to find a great deal on a new home.
Clearing Up Commission
Wondering how real estate agents get paid? It's time to learn about the real estate commission fee.
Mortgage Rates: Are Your Stars Aligned?
Today's low mortgage rates can give you extra purchasing power, potentially making a home once unaffordable, affordable.
10 Homebuying Acronyms You Need to Know
PMI, APR, LTV… say what? Learn some of the most important industry acronyms and their definitions, so you can sound like a pro as you go through the homebuying process.
Renovations, Rates and Refinancing
Freddie Mac's new CHOICERenovation mortgage saves both time and money by providing cost-effective options for financing or refinancing home renovations, repairs, or improvements.
Finding Your Perfect Match
Looking for a new place to call home? With so many options to consider, we suggest starting with the classic mantra: location, location, location.
Lenders Make Home Possible
Buying a home can be an overwhelming experience, but lenders provide a steadying hand.
Agents Make Home Possible
Your real estate agent is responsible for finding the right home for you - at the right price
Housing Counselors Make Home Possible
Buying a home can be intimidating - if you're not sure how to get started, consider working with an experienced housing counselor.
Making Home Possible
We're proud to be part of the industry that helps turn dreams into reality for people like first-time homebuyer Patrick Mineo of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Memory Lane: Spring Homebuying
That's a wrap! Test your knowledge in our homebuying quiz to see what you've learn this spring.
Cruise Control: Settling into Homeownership
You purchased your dream home and you're a homeowner. Now what?
Amortization: Filling Up Your Tank
Learn how this important table serves as the financial fuel gauge of your mortgage.
Last Stop: Closing Day
Your destination is on the horizon and it's time to close the deal. Here's what to expect on closing day.
Making Your Offer: No U-turns
You’re moving full speed ahead and preparing to make an offer on your dream home. Here's what you need to know.