Government-backed loans continued to grab a larger slice of the mortgage market last year, according to new Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data released Monday.

Federal support for home lending was already expansive in 2008 with the government takeovers of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But the latest HMDA report found government guarantees only intensifed in 2009 as loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) skyrocketed.

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