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CNN 2010-01-26

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As the mortgage crisis has deepened, more people have turned to Uncle Sam for their home loans. And for many, it's their last hope for home ownership.

 

Well, beginning today those FHA mortgages are going to be even tougher to get.

 

Let's break it all down. Christine Romans, part of the CNN money team. Ok, how are things going to change and what do we do?

 

Well, look. These are very popular over the past couple of years. These are loans for relatively1 small loan balances for people who might not have 720 or even a 700 credit score.

 

This is a way that the United States government for years has tried to make sure that underserved communities have been able to get in there and show that they can be responsible borrowers and buy a home. Incredibly, incredibly popular, this is the government backing these mortgages, not necessarily giving them but backing them.

 

So here is -- what are the new rules? More cash up front. These are mortgages that require mortgage insurance. They're going to raise that insurance premium2. It's going to mean a larger down payment if your credit score is below 580, a 10 percent down payment.

 

Right now you can get a loan through the FHA -- backed by the FHA, rather, for as low as three and a half percent down. And it's going to mean tighter oversight3 of lenders and also it's going to limit the amount of money that sellers can kick in for closing costs. Something else that sort of helps people get over the hump if they don't have a lot of money saved and they have a lower credit score and they are trying to borrow a little bit of money for their homes.

 

Now, we know that first-time home over the past years, first-time home buyers, about half of those loans have been backed, have been loans backed by the FHA. And in 2009 a third of all home loans are backed by the FHA, but the FHA of course, also trying to protect its bottom line and taxpayers4 as well and trying to protect against rising defaults.

 

Well, we've got a weak housing market too; it's hard to pay those loans.

 

Yes.

 

All right, give us the Romans numeral today.

 

The Romans numeral is 2,824,674 and that number is exactly what you're talking about, Kyra. It's the weak housing market. That's how many people got a default notice last year. I mean, that's a record. I mean, think of that, one in 45 homeowners in this country got a notice in the mail saying, "Hey, you're late paying your bills." It's one of the reasons why the government agencies, the banks, everyone trying to make sure they're making credit available to responsible borrowers but also knowing that they're going to have to try to protect taxpayers from future losses. A lot of people defaulting on their homes; it's still happening.

 

Yes, we're waiting for change, that's for sure. Thanks, Christine.

 


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1 relatively bkqzS3     
adv.比较...地,相对地
参考例句:
  • The rabbit is a relatively recent introduction in Australia.兔子是相对较新引入澳大利亚的物种。
  • The operation was relatively painless.手术相对来说不痛。
2 premium EPSxX     
n.加付款;赠品;adj.高级的;售价高的
参考例句:
  • You have to pay a premium for express delivery.寄快递你得付额外费用。
  • Fresh water was at a premium after the reservoir was contaminated.在水库被污染之后,清水便因稀而贵了。
3 oversight WvgyJ     
n.勘漏,失察,疏忽
参考例句:
  • I consider this a gross oversight on your part.我把这件事看作是你的一大疏忽。
  • Your essay was not marked through an oversight on my part.由于我的疏忽你的文章没有打分。
4 taxpayers 8fa061caeafce8edc9456e95d19c84b4     
纳税人,纳税的机构( taxpayer的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • Finance for education comes from taxpayers. 教育经费来自纳税人。
  • She was declaiming against the waste of the taxpayers' money. 她慷慨陈词猛烈抨击对纳税人金钱的浪费。
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