Fannie Mae to Sell Foreclosed Homes With Subprime Lending Terms

Thought those great low down-payment deals were gone? Think again. If you're willing to buy a home foreclosed by Fannie Mae through the new HomePath program, you may be able to purchase one with as little as 3 percent down. Even better, that 3 percent can be a gift from a family member or other third party, or a loan from a nonprofit, or a state or local government.

Sound a lot like those subprime loans that started this housing mess?

The terms are similar, but the big difference now is that to qualify for those favorable terms in the HomePath program, you must choose one of Fannie Mae's foreclosed homes, and you must buy it "as is."

Here are the terms you can expect: