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The FHA socks it to the consumer

The Federal Housing Authority is raising its mortgage insurance premiums again! Once dedicated to helping families buy homes without the traditional down payment of 20 percent, the FHA has more than doubled its monthly fees, effectively pricing many potential homebuyers out of the market. Lenders typically only want to give loans for 80 percent of the value of the property. The FHA allows borrowers to put down as little as 3.5 percent, with the FHA agreeing to cover the difference should the borrower default. In exchange for this protection, the borrow purchases mortgage insurance that spreads the risk of default …

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