NC Lawmakers Move To Stop More Foreclosures

North Carolina legislators have moved to beef up a program to keep the home foreclosure crisis from reaching more deeply into the middle class.

The Senate gave final approval Wednesday to extend a foreclosure prevention program expected to end this fall until mid-2013 and to expand it to all borrowers at risk, not just those with subprime loans. The bill was approved 45-3 and goes to Gov. Beverly Perdue's desk.

Mortgage firms have been required since 2008 to warn homeowners with subprime loans before pursuing a foreclosure in court. The state banking commissioner is also notified and encourages homeowners to get help from a nonprofit housing counselor.

Proceeds from a $75 fee on mortgage services could support counseling and nonprofit legal services.

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