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  • Nation's Housing: Qualifying for a mortgage may be easier than you think

    When it comes to buying a house, are you in the "no way I could possibly qualify" category? Not enough cash in the bank for a down payment or closing costs? Credit scores good but not great? So much deferred student loan debt that you assume any lender...
  • Fannie, Freddie unveil 3 percent down-payment programs

    Fannie, Freddie unveil 3 percent down-payment programs
    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on Monday spelled out the terms under which they will accept mortgages with down payments of as low as 3 percent from first-time buyers, but it may take time to see how many lenders will sign on to the initiative. The change in...
  • Dwindling share of first-time buyers slowing housing recovery

    Dwindling share of first-time buyers slowing housing recovery
    The share of first-time homebuyers fell to its lowest level this year in almost 30 years, according to the National Association of Realtors, which is out with its annual survey on the state of the housing market. Only 33 percent of homebuyers in the...
  • Buying home with 5 percent down is hard, but options exist

    Q: I am purchasing a home and want the cheapest payment. I have only 5 percent to put down on the property and can comfortably afford a monthly payment of $1,400 to $1,500, tops. Actually, I'm hoping it will be closer to $1,400. Should I go for a...
  • A hot condo market, but a mortgage squeeze for entry-level buyers

    Call it the condo conundrum: Demand for condominium units is rising in many urban areas nationwide, according to new real estate industry estimates, yet mortgage financing is getting squeezed for entry-level condo buyers by a key federal agency. List...
  • Shopping for a loan? Credit unions can be consumer-friendly option

    Credit unions reached a pair of milestones recently, and that's good news for home buyers. The nation's 6,557 credit unions surpassed 100 million members in June, according to the Credit Union National Assn. But more important, at least to the housing...
  • Mortgage giants' stance against principal reduction may be softening

     Mortgage giants' stance against principal reduction may be softening
    Jaime Coronel's pick and shovel sat idle when the recession made landscaping jobs scarce, and the home where he and his wife, Juana, raised four children fell into foreclosure. Mortgage giant Fannie Mae gave permission in 2010 for the Coronels to stay...
  • Tighter standards on reverse mortgages

    Are reverse mortgages headed in reverse? Based on forthcoming federal rule changes for seniors who expect to apply for one, you might think so. But as a taxpayer, you might say, bravo: Toughening up qualification standards — including such basics as...
  • Qualifying for reverse mortgages will become harder

    Qualifying for reverse mortgages will become harder
    Are reverse mortgages headed in reverse? Based on forthcoming federal rule changes for seniors who expect to apply for one, you might think so. But as a taxpayer, you might say bravo: Toughening up qualification standards — including such basics...
  • Loan limits raised in four California counties by Fannie, Freddie

    Loan limits raised in four California counties by Fannie, Freddie
    In the realm of mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, California tends to fall into two categories -- high-cost counties where eligible single-family home loans can't be higher than $625,500 (Los Angeles, Orange) or those with the standard limit...
  • New down-payment considerations for 1st-time buyers

    First-time homebuyers now have more options when it comes to getting a mortgage with a low down payment. The only question is how many of those buyers — who tend to be young, often in their early 30s — will actually benefit from the loans....