In two months, the U.S. government is scheduled to shut down its program that has been driving down interest rates on home mortgages. Many in the housing industry and a few officials said it is too soon to withdraw support for the mortgage market. "Mortgage rates are the lifeblood of the housing market, and we have cautioned the [Federal Reserve] about the sudden stoppage of this program," said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors.

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