President Barack Obama speaks during the AIPAC Policy Conference at...

President Barack Obama speaks during the AIPAC Policy Conference at the Washington Convention Center on Sunday. Obama was having his first full news conference of the year Tuesday, when he was expected to announce a new housing plan. (March 4, 2012) Credit: AFP/Getty Images

President Barack Obama announced new mortgage relief for members of the military and veterans as well as homeowners with government-insured loans. The initiatives are the latest administration attempt to help borrowers struggling under a depressed housing market.

Obama spelled out the plan Tuesday at the start of his first news conference of the year.

Borrowers with mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration would be able to refinance at half the fee that the FHA currently charges. The administration says a typical FHA borrower who refinances could save more than $1,000 a year from the changes.

For service members and veterans, Obama says major lenders will review foreclosures or denials of lower interest rates. If wrongly foreclosed upon, service members will be paid their lost equity and receive additional compensation.President Barack Obama is aiming mortgage relief at members of the military as well as homeowners with government-insured loans, the administration's latest efforts to address a persistent housing crisis.

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