Lenders and loan servicers who have signed onto the Bush administration's HOPE NOW initiative to improve communications with troubled borrowers may be prepared to take a more radical step -- freezing the interest rates on some subprime loans scheduled to reset. When launched in October, the HOPE NOW initiative was a partnership between the Treasury Department, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and 11 loan servicers that handle 60 percent of U.S. mortgages to expand outreach to borrowers facing foreclosure. Since then, the Bush administration has been negotiating with the coalition's members to engage in large-scale workouts with troubled borrowers. The Wall Street Journal reported today that while details of such a plan are still being worked out, an agreement could be ann...
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