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Bill would let bankruptcy courts impose loan mods

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Legislation that would allow bankruptcy courts to modify the terms of a homeowner's mortgage loan could save 600,000 homes from foreclosure, the bill's sponsor claims. HR 3609, the Emergency Home Ownership and Mortgage Equity Protection Act of 2007, would repeal a legal provision that prohibits bankruptcy courts from modifying the repayment terms of home mortgages. Bankruptcy courts already have the power to modify payments on other secured debts, including mortgages on other properties. "Responsible lenders who made loans on reasonable terms have nothing to worry about in bankruptcy court, but predatory lenders will end up with the loans they should have made in the first place," said bill sponsor Rep. Brad Miller, D-N.C., in a press release. Miller introduced the bill Friday, with backing from the influential chairman of the House Financial Services Committee Chairman, Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass. On Monday, Moody's Investors Service released the results of a survey of subprime mort...