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Editor's note: Robert Bruss is temporarily away. The following column from Bruss' "Best of" collection first appeared Sunday, April 2, 2006. Are you old enough to remember Robert G. Allen's bestseller real estate book "Nothing Down" from the early 1980s? I'm showing my age, but I vividly remember that book because a) it explained dozens of creative real estate finance methods, and b) I actually used several of those techniques to buy profitable property for nothing down. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. Most of those methods are still viable. But for the majority of today's home purchases, there is no longer a need to use creative seller financing and other innovative methods. Today's mortgage lenders have become very savvy about the profitability of making low- and no-down-payment home loans, even to borrowers with poor credit. Last year, according to the National Association of Realtors, over 30 percent of home sales involved 100 percent financing in one form or another. THE DEFI...