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Mortgages with as little as 5 percent down would still be allowed under a Senate proposal for replacing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, with first-time homebuyers allowed to put down as little as 3.5 percent.
It's tough out there for first-time homebuyers.Despite a seemingly attractive housing market, many remain sidelined by low incomes, high debt or a combination of both.So what's the trick to finding a house you can afford?.
The decision by Senate Democrats to push the button on the "nuclear option" will likely have a significant impact on home loans by clearing the way for two Obama nominees to key posts with major influence over the mortgage markets.
Housing and mortgage industry trade groups are banding together to press the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to hold off on its plans to reduce the size of mortgages that can be approved by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.