SAN FRANCISCO — Housing and Urban Development Secretary Steve Preston urged mortgage lenders and servicers to be bold in using government programs to help borrowers avoid foreclosure.

Mr. Preston also reiterated Tuesday at the Mortgage Bankers Association's annual convention that HUD plans to issue a final rule this year revising Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act enforcement. The mortgage industry, which has opposed the proposed revamp of the good-faith estimate of closing costs they must give applicants, would have a year to implement the rule, he said.

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