The $26 billion 'robo-signing' settlement with five major servicing banks announced Thursday morning could yield nearly $35 billion in principal reductions, according to Housing and Urban Development secretary Shaun Donovan.With less than $20 billion of the settlement designated to principal reduction and refinancing underwater borrowers, secretary Donovan told reporters that the banks will not receive a dollar-for-dollar credit for reducing the principal amount of each loan.

He noted that a bank will not receive a full credit (toward the settlement figure) on loans that are seriously delinquent and not fully collectable.

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