Mortgage Deal Means More Foreclosures

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By Chris Isidore, CNNMoney

NEW YORK — Even as the $26 billion mortgage settlement helps hundreds of thousands of troubled homeowners, it will bring a wave of new forclosures.

Many lenders held off on reposessing homes during the complex negotiations between 49 state attorneys general, and federal officials.

That’s left a backlog of troubled loans, many of which won’t be helped by measures in the deal that will let homeowners refinance or reduce the amount of their mortgage.

“The bottom line is that 2012 will see a lot of foreclosures that should have taken place in 2011 and didn’t,” said Rick Sharga, executive vice president for Carrington Holdings, a real estate finance firm.

Daren Blomquist, vice president of RealtyTrac, online marketer of foreclosed properties, agrees that much of last year’s 34% drop in foreclosure filings was likely due to…

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