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VOL. 125 | NO. 204 | Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Federal Agencies Probing Foreclosure Problems

ALAN ZIBEL | AP Real Estate Writer

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says federal agencies are investigating allegations of widespread errors in foreclosure documents.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says in a statement that an interagency task force on financial fraud has launched an investigation into the foreclosure process. He also says the Federal Housing Administration, a federal agency that guarantees mortgages, is investigating, too.

"We remain committed to holding accountable any bank that has violated the law," Gibbs says.

Gibbs says the administration supports an effort by attorneys general in 50 states to investigate the matter. Several administration officials, however, have said over the past week that they don't back a nationwide halt to foreclosures.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 114 332 10,554
MORTGAGES 119 412 13,739
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 68 2,712
BUILDING PERMITS 351 744 25,051
BANKRUPTCIES 80 264 10,156
BUSINESS LICENSES 16 78 3,814
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 92 430 14,987
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 83 3,250

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