Treasury Department unveils new programs for homeowners 

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Supporters believe programs could lead to loosened mortgage credit; others believe little will change

June 30, 2014

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced new programs June 26 to aid struggling homeowners. The announcement came as many modifications made under the Home Affordable Modification Program were set to expire. A Treasury official said banks will likely loosen mortgage credit because regulators are easing their concerns about having to repurchase defaulted loans. One analyst said, however, that the new policies are unlikely to be game-changers for the mortgage market.

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