STOCKTON, Calif. -- A last-ditch effort to head off an Oct. 1 ban on the use of seller-funded down-payment assistance with FHA-backed loans is picking up steam as a compromise bill that would mend rather than end the practice gains momentum. HR 6694, which would allow home builders to continue funneling down-payment assistance through nonprofit groups to home buyers using FHA loans, is certain to pass the House of Representatives and has the blessing of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., said at a hearing on foreclosures this weekend. The influential chairman of the House Financial Services Committee urged those attending a committee field hearing in Stockton Saturday to lobby the Senate -- which shoehorned language banning seller-funded gifts into HR 3221, the sweeping housing bill signed into law July 30 -- in support of the bill. HR 6694 would automatically allow qualified borrowers with credit scores of 680 or above to use seller-f...
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