Creative ways to save money for a house

Published On: Dec 19 2011 08:00:44 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 19 2011 08:12:08 AM EST

If you're in the market, you can find a great deal on a home right now, but even if you find a great bargain on a house it can be tough to get a loan.

Experts say lenders are reluctant to loan money to anyone with less than great credit. That's why home buyers are turning to family, friends and the internet for help.

Experts warn if you're loaning to family or friends to be careful and follow these steps:

Another route some people are taking is "peer to peer" lending. Websites like and

allow people to post their loan proposals. Investors add a word of warning - those loans can be more expensive with higher interest rates.