Low Down Payments Make a Comeback

Julie C. Nichols General

CNN – Mark Fahey

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Borrowers who have steady income and good credit, but not much money in the bank, will find that it recently became easier to buy a home.

Down payment requirements, which rose after the subprime mortgage crisis, are easing again as lenders and mortgage backers try to draw in new buyers.

"It’s one of the things that’s inhibiting first-time homebuyers," said Rob Chrane, president of Down Payment Resource. "There are a lot more people who can qualify for a home that don’t realize that they can."

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