NEW YORK-The exit of mortgage brokers from the business has been a "huge loss" when it comes to serving low- to moderate-income first-time homebuyers, Marietta Rodriguez, director of national homeownership programs at NeighborWorks America, told Origination News in an interview here earlier this year.

This persists despite the greater emphasis put on these borrowers in today's market and the availability of an $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit that some of them quality for, she said last month.

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