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Decline in Foreclosures Outpaces Decline in Loan Modifications

Mortgage Debt Relief

An estimated 44,000 homeowners received permanent loan modifications from mortgage servicers during the month of November under both proprietary servicer programs and the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), HOPE NOW reports. While that total represents a 12 percent decrease from the 50,000 loan mods completed in October, the most recent data show a steeper 20 percent decline in foreclosure sales and a 17 percent decline in foreclosure starts between October and November.

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Micro Apartments Yield A Big Boom in the Small Space Sector

multifamily, apartment, rental

Ever since the economy took a hit in 2008, downsizing has been a top priority for many homeowners and renters. The McMansion is out; low-maintenance living is in. You can see it in traditional listings as well as on the real estate auction block. With finances still in flux for most Americans, cutting back on monthly costs of maintaining a home or apartment is essential. Enter the micro apartment—the latest trend in economical living space.

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Berkshire Hills Completes Acquisition of BofA Branches in Central New York

deal closed, agreement, acquisition

Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc., announced Tuesday that its banking subsidiary, Berkshire Bank, has completed the previously announced acquisition of 20 retail bank locations from Bank of America, effective January 17, 2014. As a result of the transaction, Berkshire acquired approximately $450 million in deposits and $4 million in loans as of January 14, 2014, bringing the total number of branches in Berkshire's footprint to 91 across New England and New York.

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IDS Names Next VP of Business Development

Movers & Shakers, people

Mortgage document preparation vendor International Document Services, Inc. (IDS), in Salt Lake City, Utah, has hired Daniel Miller as VP of business development. With nearly 20 years’ experience in sales, Miller is responsible for overseeing IDS’ various partner integrations and new customer implementations, in addition to managing and growing sales in the western part of the United States.

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CFPB Averts Costly Closing Delays with Revisions to Final Disclosure Rule

CFPB, disclosures, RESPA, TILA

After much anticipation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its final rule for new integrated mortgage disclosures, combining the overlapping disclosures required by the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). The new rule will certainly change the landscape of the settlement services and mortgage lending industries as we know them.

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Stewart Continues Expansion of Capital Markets Group with Hiring of New Director

Movers & Shakers, people, Stewart Lender Services

Stewart Lender Services hired John Desmond as director of regulatory compliance, capital markets. Desmond is responsible for overseeing the compliance and regulatory aspects of operations within Stewart’s capital markets group. Desmond has more than 19 years’ mortgage experience with a particular focus on origination operations and origination-related compliance. He has an additional five years’ legal experience in commercial litigation, corporate finance, and secured transactions.

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DocMagic Addresses Compliance Woes Related to ECOA Valuation Rule

ECOA rule, technology, valuation

DocMagic, Inc., says it has a variety of solutions available that support lenders' compliance with the ECOA Valuation Rule, no matter what the lender's business rules are. Under the ECOA Valuation Rule, a creditor must provide an applicant with a copy of the appraisal and other written valuations upon completion, or three business days prior to consummation of the transaction, whichever is earlier.

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Pite Duncan Adds New Partner

Pite Duncan, LLP, announced the promotion of Christopher Peterson to partner. Peterson joined Pite Duncan in 2009 and has been working as a senior associate attorney in the firm's litigation group. He has over 12 years’ legal experience in civil litigation.

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Judicious Property Manager Needed


Amid budget cuts and promises to eliminate waste, the government is bleeding billions to maintain and secure vacant, underutilized federally owned properties. Special Print Feature, originally appeared in the April 2013 issue of DS News Magazine.

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