Mortgage relief: Partial solution better than none

Mortgage relief: Partial solution better than none

As the clock ticks down on year-long negotiations on a sweeping mortgage relief settlement, the architects of the joint state-federal plan believe it would be better for homeowners to get a partial deal than nothing at all, according to sources close to the talks.

Facing a Monday deadline, attorneys general in all 50 states are weighing the terms of a proposed $25 billion settlement designed to force five big lenders to pick up the pace of rewriting mortgages for homeowners struggling to make their payments.

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