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The Great Housing Squeeze: Available homes for sale remain tight while rents continue to go up. When capitulation turns into mania.


Big banks are leaving the building when it comes to the mortgage market: In 2007 commercial banks made 74 percent of all mortgages versus half today.


The return of risky loans: Freddie Mac offering a 3 percent down loan called Home Possible Advantage targeted to cash strapped buyers. FHA loans and interest only loans also permeate market.


Time to make it easier for people to get loans with lower credit and lower down payments: FHFA looking seriously at making it easier for cash strapped Americans to take on mortgages.


Who needs a mortgage? How the traditional mortgage market is stuck in low gear and reflects an underlying lack of demand for home buying.


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