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FOX 35 President Obama

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Published on Sep 24, 2010

(WOFL FOX 35) - FOX 35 talked to Attorney Matt Englett from The Law Offices of Kaufman, Englett & Lynd P.A.

After months of criticism that it hasn't done enough to prevent foreclosures, the Obama administration has announced a plan to reduce the amount some troubled borrowers owe on their home loans.

The multifaceted effort will let people who owe more on their mortgages than their properties are worth get new loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration, a government agency that insures home loans against default.

That would be funded by $14 billion from the administration's existing $75 billion foreclosure-prevention program. But it could spark criticism that the government is shouldering too much risk by taking on bad loans made during the housing boom. In addition, their existing mortgage companies will be able to receive incentives to lower their principal balances.

The program also includes assistance to help unemployed homeowners keep paying their mortgages.

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