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High Rents Put Would-Be Homebuyers in a Catch-22


Most renters are putting about 30 percent of their monthly income toward their rental payment, which makes saving for a 10 or 20 percent down payment difficult. This conflict forces first-time buyers and millennials to pursue other options when looking to purchase a home, such as help from family or friends.

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Agency Purchase Loans Become Riskier


Also according to AEI's July report, 71 percent of Agency purchase loans had down payments of 5 percent or less, and 25 percent of them had DTI ratios greater than the QM limit of 43 percent. The median FICO score for first-time buyers was 709, a bit below the median for all individuals in the United States.

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Treasury Deputy Secretary Says Student Loan Debt Not ‘Inherently Bad’


Speaking at the 56th annual meeting of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) on Monday, U.S. Department of Treasury Deputy Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin said she does not see the nation's growing problem of student loan debt leading to an economic meltdown – and student loan debt may not be affecting a borrower's ability to buy a home, depending on that borrower's financial situation.

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Survey: Misconceptions Holding Back Homebuying


While nearly seven in 10 Americans agree that now is a good time to become a homeowner, a large number remain reluctant due to their own misconceptions of the financing process, according to survey results. For example, Wells Fargo reported, 30 percent of respondents expressed belief that only people with high incomes can obtain a mortgage at this point, and 64 percent said they believe only those with a "very good"” credit score can buy a home right now.

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Existing-Home Sales Slip in March

Total existing-home sales in March came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.59 million, according to estimates from the National Association of Realtors. March sales fell .2 percent from February’s downwardly revised pace of 4.60 million and hit a nearly two-year low. Compared to March 2013, the sales rate was down 7.5 percent.

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