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Greater financial education, a greater variety of loan products and different lending strategies have all been techniques credit unions have begun to use to help borrowers meet more stringent housing finance requirements, according to executives from credit unions and mortgage CUSOs.

It has become something of an axiom in the current housing finance market that mortgage loan money has become more available and at lower interest rates but simultaneously more difficult to obtain as many consumers have seen their credit positions slide as a result of the economic slowdown. Nonetheless, credit unions should still employ all the tools they have to help their members into homes, industry experts said.

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