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(New York Times) — BUYERS of distressed homes or any other fixer-upper not only face the daunting task of turning a run-down property into a livable one, but often worry about paying for it all.  There’s a way to make essential repairs and add other accouterments without dipping into savings or taking out ahome-equity loan. The Federal Housing Administration’s 203(k) rehabilitation program provides for loans covering renovation costs as well as the purchase price of a primary residence — investors excluded — and it allows for just a 3.5 percent down payment. “It’s a fantastic program, one that hasn’t been fully utilized by the American public,” said Arthur Hood, the owner of the Vanguard Inspection Group in Teaneck, N.J., which is certified by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to help borrowers with the program.

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