Lenders are already using a number of tools to help financially stretched borrowers avoid foreclosure, but these cases need to be addressed individually rather than with a blanket moratorium, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.Lenders and servicers have developed loss mitigation tools to help borrowers who are at risk of losing their homes, MBA chairman John Robbins said in response to calls for an immediate six-month moratorium on foreclosures. Mr. Robbins acknowledged that a credit crunch in the subprime market has left some borrowers "trapped" and unable to refinance into a more affordable loan. "They are trapped, and we are doing everything we can to help them, including looking at new products designed to help troubled borrowers," Mr. Robbins said. Four civil rights groups have called for a moratorium. Allen Fishbein, director for housing policy at the Consumer Federation, said "unprecedented action" is needed. "We certainly think the situation is serious enough that it warrants consideration of all possible solutions, including a moratorium," he said.

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