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FHA to insure foreclosure buys

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June 14, 2008|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The Federal Housing Administration will offer mortgage insurance to buyers of foreclosed homes, a signal that the Bush administration may be ready to expand its intervention as the housing slump deepens.

The FHA, which insures mortgages for low-income and first-time buyers, will waive a 90-day waiting period for insurance on foreclosed property, the agency said.

The one-year policy for foreclosure insurance is a sign that the administration may be easing its opposition to using taxpayer money to rescue lenders and investors.

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