Fannie Mae move could help Florida buyers

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South Florida home buyers may have less trouble securing a mortgage thanks to a plan by Fannie Mae to reduce the amount required for down payments in markets hit hard by housing declines. The government-sponsored mortgage finance company said Friday it will require minimum down payments of between 3 percent and 5 percent for all loans it guarantees, supplanting a policy put out in December that required a higher minimum if the loan was for a home in a ZIP Code with declining real estate prices.

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