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Colorado steps up battle against real estate loan fraud

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Colorado, said to be eighth in the country in real estate fraud, is stepping up the battle against such activity, with a new task force dealing with the issues and several bills in the making, reports said. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers formed a task force this summer to deal with the issues in the wake of skyrocketing foreclosures and complaints, the Greeley, Colo. Tribune reported Sunday. By January, legislators could be discussing several bills in an effort to stop the problem, the Tribune said. The Department of Regulatory Agencies will push a bill to register mortgage brokers in Colorado and force them to post a $100,000 bond, according to reports. The state's task force on mortgage and foreclosure fraud may recommend a bill that would require any agreements to help someone with a foreclosure be done in writing, and require a cooling off period where someone can back out of any agreement, reports said. Also, Colorado Bar Association and Colorado Realtors Association ma...