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Alleged Real Estate Fraud Leads to New York Man’s Indictment

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According to SIGTARP, Zherka secured the loans for the purchase and refinance of apartment complexes across the country, lying all the while about the purchase prices of the real estate, the amount of the down payments he was making, and his assets, income, and tax returns. He also misrepresented the circumstances of a court judgment made against him in 2000 for assault and breach of contract, the special inspector general's office said.

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Report: Home Sales Down, Prices Up For August

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Despite the currently slower environment, RE/MAX CEO Margaret Kelly is keeping a positive view on recent figures, noting that August sales were still more than 10 percent higher than in 2012 and 17.8 percent higher than in 2008, when the company began reporting on monthly activity.

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Credit Default Rates Inch Up in August

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The national credit default rate, which includes bank cards, auto loans, and both first and second mortgages, edged up to 1.03 percent in August from July's historical low of 1.01 percent, according to data compiled by S&P Dow Jones Indices and Experian. The monthly increase was fueled by a rise in first mortgage default rates, which were up to 0.91 percent from 0.88 percent the month prior, ending a nine-month declining streak.

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Loan Mods Down, Foreclosure Starts Up in July

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The total number of homeowners receiving permanent loan modifications declined in July, as did the number of modifications made under the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), according to figures released this week by HOPE NOW. Meanwhile, foreclosure starts rose a little more than 1,000 from June to settle at 70,401.

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U.S. Bank, HUD Settle Discrimination Allegations

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U.S. Bank has reached a settlement with a housing regulator over allegations the bank discriminated against a Native American couple in denying them a refinance. In a complaint filed with HUD, the couple alleged U.S. Bank and its appraiser, Red Sky Risk Services, turned down their refinance application last year, informing them that the bank couldn't make the loan because their property was located on a reservation and could not be appraised.

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Homeownership Still Holds Promise for Nine in 10 Americans

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Even as the aftermath of the housing crisis continues to show in the market, a new survey shows the vast majority of Americans still regard homeownership as a "highly desirable goal." In findings released Tuesday, COUNTRY Financial revealed 89 percent of Americans in its most recent Security Index survey feel that buying a home is a key part of achieving the American Dream despite their recent memories of the crash.

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