Federal Housing Administration lender and Ginnie Mae issuer Lend America, Melville, N.Y., said it is finalizing a "structured transaction" designed to help "a major global financial institution" refinance a roughly $1 billion pool of sub-performing loans into mortgages with more affordable terms.

Lend America declined to name the client. The effort is being done through the government's new Hope for Homeowners program. The company said the move is part of a new effort to help first-lien holders, including Wall Street banks and hedge funds, "maximize principal recapture and help homeowners avoid foreclosure" by tapping the new government program.

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