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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 86 393 21,159
MORTGAGES 94 424 24,785
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 93 8,703
BUILDING PERMITS 173 1,010 43,347
BANKRUPTCIES 52 292 14,194
BUSINESS LICENSES 15 90 6,491
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 28 167 13,678
MARRIAGE LICENSES 12 89 5,158

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