Joint Letter to Regulators Against High-Downpayment Requirements
Published: March 16, 2011
CRL, the National Association of Realtors, the National Association of Homebuilders, and the Consumer Federation of America sent a joint letter to federal regulators, urging them to avoid arbitrary high down payment requirements on mortgage loans. We argue that this would make buying a home more costly, lock out many first-time homebuyers, and short-circuit a recovery of the housing market.
Instead, regulators should adopt standards for core underwriting factors to lower the risk of default. These include strong loan documentation, assessing a borrower's ability to repay, reasonable debt levels, and prohibitions on high-risk loan features.