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Insured Home Mortgage Defaults Reach Higher

Defaults by U.S. home-owners with private mortgage insurance rose last month to the highest since at least August 2001, adding to evidence that the housing slump is getting deeper at the start of its third year. According to data released today by the Mortgage Insurance Companies of America the number of insured borrowers falling more than 60 days behind on their home loans climbed to 59,308 in October, 28 percent more than a year earlier. The median price of new U.S. homes fell 13 percent in October from a year earlier, according to U.S. government data released this month. Treasury department is working with large financial institutions to come up with a plan that will freeze resets on certain subprime loans. Fed Chairman Bernanke indicated in a speech last night that more rate cuts are on the table.

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