Servicers participating in the Hope Now alliance are working at an "intense pace" to implement streamlined processes for loan modifications and refinancings, according to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who said he wants to see tangible results in a few weeks. "We expect most servicers to begin fast-tracking borrowers in the next few weeks," Mr. Paulson told the New York Society of Securities Analysts. Fast-tracking is supported to move troubled borrowers into refinances and interest rate freezes quickly. The secretary said he wants servicers to "fully implement connections" to the Federal Housing Administration and other lenders to facilitate refinancings. The Treasury secretary also stressed that the alliance members need to develop a standard reporting process to monitor their progress. "We need to see all the servicers reporting results to Hope Now to measure effectiveness and then to make adjustments as needed," Mr. Paulson said. Outreach efforts by Hope Now have prompted 45,000 borrowers who are facing possible foreclosure to contact their servicers for assistance.

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