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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 57 307 5,073
MORTGAGES 101 483 6,709
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 22 77 1,556
BUILDING PERMITS 0 720 11,979
BANKRUPTCIES 84 341 5,300
BUSINESS LICENSES 36 125 2,061
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 152 594 7,058
MARRIAGE LICENSES 36 117 1,458

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