Matthew Speakman on what’s driving homebuyer demand

Zillow Economist Speakman explains what Zillow’s recent report on homebuyer demand tell us about the current state of the housing market.

Record low mortgage rates hold steady at 2.72%

This is the second week in a row rates have sat at the lowest recorded level in the survey’s near 50-year history.

What Yellen as Treasury Secretary would mean for housing

Experts weigh in on former Fed Chair’s possible impact on GSE reform and how she could jumpstart the economy.

Building the one-touch digital mortgage

As Katherine Campbell drives toward a one-touch mortgage, she’s taking time to share what she has learned along the way.


2020 HW Insider: Michele Espada

Freddie Mac Senior Director of Talent Acquisition

Michele Espada

As the senior director of talent acquisition at Freddie Mac, Michele Espada’s leadership and forward-thinking approach to recruiting top talent allowed her team to transition to 100% virtual hiring over the timespan of just one weekend in mid-March.

Because of Espada’s foresight, the transition to virtual hiring has been seamless. In fact, the average time to fill open positions has decreased by three business days since mid-March and the talent team has hired and successfully onboarded more than 250 employees since then. To ensure a diverse workforce, Espada and her team partner with Thurgood Marshall, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, WayUp and others to build diverse candidate pipelines at the early career/entry level. She also leverages the company’s employment branding strategy to reach diverse candidate pools through targeted campaigns visible on sites like LinkedIn and Facebook. As this work demonstrates, Espada has already laid the foundation for successfully leading Freddie Mac’s talent strategy into the future.

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