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September 15, 2014

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BofA to spend $9.33 billion in FHFA settlement

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Nevada led the nation in mortgage delinquency in the second quarter of 2009, at the height of the Great Recession. Increasing unemployment rates and falling home values, such as in this Henderson neighborhood, put a pinch on Nevadans.

Bank of America will spend $9.33 billion to resolve a dispute over mortgage securities with the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the regulator that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The agency sued 18 financial institutions in September 2011 over their sales of mortgage securities to Fannie and Freddie. It alleges many banks falsely represented the mortgage loans behind the securities. These soured after the housing bubble burst and lost billions in value.

Bank of America said Wednesday that it will make cash payments of roughly $6.3 billion and also purchase securities from Fannie and Freddie worth more than $3 billion.

Fannie and Freddie were rescued in a taxpayer bailout in 2008 as they sank under the weight of mortgage losses.

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