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VOL. 35 | NO. 26 | Friday, July 1, 2011




Gov't to ease foreclosure rules for unemployed

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is making it easier for out-of-work homeowners to stay in their homes, as it tries to revamp its signature but troubled foreclosure-prevention programs.

Starting Aug. 1, the Federal Housing Administration will extend the forbearance period for unemployed homeowners in its programs from three or four months to a full year. That will allow qualified homeowners to miss payments for 12 months before the foreclosure process begins.

The government launched a foreclosure program in 2009 to help those at risk of foreclosure by lowering their monthly payments. Borrowers start with lower payments on a trial basis. But the program has struggled to convert them into permanent loan modifications.

In recent weeks, administration officials have acknowledged that housing has become a significant drag on the economy.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 0 0
MORTGAGES 0 0 0
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 0 0 0
BANKRUPTCIES 0 0 0
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 0 0
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0