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Mortgages Are Hard To Obtain For The First Time Home Buyer

Jul 19, 2008
Talking to many people today they are looking forward to becoming a first time home owner and with the prices of homes sinking rapidly they think it is a great time to buy. Homes that would previously be far out of reach are now becoming more affordable, to the excitement of the potential first time home buyer. Unfortunately, according to several reports, mortgage insurers have been upping their standards in the United States. What this means for the first time home buyer is they have to be at the top of the bar that is raised to obtain the mortgage.

Mortgage insures are defining an ever increasing number of markets as declining. In these areas that they list as declining they are requiring a higher down payment as well as higher premiums. This means that the homes that were thought to now be affordable are still out of reach for the first time home buyer. The buyer will have to have a substantial down payment and in the declining economy saving 5 to 15 thousand dollars for a down payment is out of the question.

The market that seems so appealing to the first time home buyer and others hoping to cash in on the floor dropping out of the housing market may not be as profitable as once thought. The national home price index fell about 16% from its peak in the second quarter of 2006 and in some markets houses are selling for 50% less than a year ago. They; however, are not being sold to many first time home buyers but instead to developers hoping to turn a profit.

Additionally there is a surplus of foreclosed homes today making prices fall even farther. Between the foreclosures and other homes on the market there are plenty of affordable homes to choose from. If only the tightened mortgage standards would allow people, including the first time home buyer to clear out the inventory. There are ways of obtaining a substantial down payment and the first time home buyer with control of his credit score and shows reliability and responsibility will be able to cash in on the falling house prices and afford the unaffordable dream home. With private buyer assistance programs, gift money from family, savings over time and the sale of high dollar assets even the first time home buyer will be able to meet the heightened lending standards of the mortgage insurers.

Business is still business and companies are still in to turn a profit. Making sure you are at the top of the class will ensure you obtaining that mortgage and moving into the home you have dreamt of. Run your credit report, make sure it is in good shape, have a substantial down payment ready and start shopping for that dream home today.
About the Author
J Stromsteen has many years expertise in the finance, real estate, and insurance industry. She contributes to various websites such as First Time Home Buyer where you can find today's mortgage rates as well as a wealth of information on getting a First Time Home Buyers Loan .
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