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The Risks and Benefits of Buying a Home for Zero Down

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The Risks and Benefits of Buying a Home for Zero Down

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The Risks and Benefits of Buying a Home for Zero Down

The Risks and Benefits of Buying a Home for Zero Down

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Forty percent of first-time homebuyers don't put any money down when they buy their homes. This is a big change from the days when a 20 percent down payment was standard. A look at why the change is attractive — and risky.

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