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BofA's low-down payment promising but what about the FHA?

Urban Institute: It's not a substitute
Ever since Bank of America announced its new 3% down payment mortgage program, the Affordable Loan Solution, it’s being looked at as an effort for borrowers to skirt around the Federal Housing Administration. Urban Institute research associate Karan Kaul says that though such efforts are an alternative to FHA lending, they are not a substitute.
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4 ways the Qualified Mortgage rule doesn’t reduce mortgage lending

Urban Institute: Rule appears small to nonexistent
When the Qualified Mortgage rule came out in January 2014, many worried that the rule would contribute to a reduction in mortgage credit availability. But that's not the case. In an updated analysis, Urban Institute housing and mortgage experts say that the rule does little to impact the availability of mortgage credit.
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Here’s the latest update on Detroit’s housing recovery

The slow road toward recovery
Fixing Detroit’s housing market is a slow, intensive process that still has people divided on whether or not it even is recovering. So how is the city doing now? The Urban Institute published a new piece giving an update on the continued but uneven recovery in the city's housing market.
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Urban Institute: Opening the credit box

New performance metric is the key
The Urban Institute's Housing Finance Policy Center just published two new blogs that center on the challenges of opening the credit box to younger buyers and buyers with damaged credit.
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