Tuesday, December 4, 2007

U.S. puts heat on lenders to freeze rates

Hopes to avert foreclosure surge, recession

By William Neikirk | Tribune senior correspondent
December 4, 2007

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration raced against time Monday to wrap up an agreement designed to prevent a surge of mortgage foreclosures that many analysts fear could send the economy into recession.

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson told a housing conference here he is working "aggressively and quickly" to persuade financial institutions to freeze interest rates on hundreds of thousands of "subprime" adjustable-rate mortgages held by marginally qualified buyers . . . Read on->

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