To ensure that mortgage borrowers are treated fairly, Congress should impose a fiduciary duty on loan officers and mortgage brokers, according to a newly formed trade association of mortgage professionals."The National Association of Mortgage Professionals is calling for legislation that would establish a higher level of trust and accountability for mortgage agents who enter into a relationship with borrowers," the NAMP said. The association was launched in March to help clean up the mortgage industry, a spokeswoman said. Getting a mortgage is usually the most significant financial transaction in a person's life, and it should not be treated simply as a "retail transaction," the NAMP said. The group can be found on the Web at http://www.namp.org.

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