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HARP Refinancing Activity Continues Decline

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In a recent release, the agency reported a combined total of 119,699 refinances were completed at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in July, slightly down from the figure reported for June. While low compared to the boom in recent years, refinance volumes over the last few months have shown more life than earlier this year as mortgage interest rates have hovered in the low 4.0 percent range.

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Treasury Deputy Secretary Says Student Loan Debt Not ‘Inherently Bad’

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Speaking at the 56th annual meeting of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) on Monday, U.S. Department of Treasury Deputy Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin said she does not see the nation's growing problem of student loan debt leading to an economic meltdown – and student loan debt may not be affecting a borrower's ability to buy a home, depending on that borrower's financial situation.

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Freddie Mac: Housing Market Regresses in July

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The index, which debuted over the summer, measures the stability of state and local trends as well as the national market in terms of home purchase applications, payment-to-income ratios, proportion of on-time mortgage payments, and employment strength. Those figures are set against each market's long-term stable range, with index values between 80 and 120 reflecting stability.

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OCC: Loan Mods Lowered Monthly Payments for 91 Percent of Borrowers

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More than 91 percent of borrowers nationwide who received mortgage loan modifications in the second quarter of 2014 had their monthly principal and interest payments reduced, while 56.1 percent of borrowers lowered their monthly payments by 20 percent or more, according to a report released earlier this week by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) regarding first-lien mortgages at large national and federal savings banks.

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OCC: Mortgage Performance Up, Foreclosures Down

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The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) reported that 92.9 percent of mortgages nationwide were performing as of the end of June, according to the OCC Mortgage Metrics Report, Second Quarter 2014. The number of performing mortgages increased slightly from Q2 2013, when 90.6 percent of mortgages were reported as performing.

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Report: GSEs Prevented 80,000 Foreclosures in Q2

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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac prevented nearly 80,000 foreclosures nationwide in the second quarter, raising the total number of foreclosures prevented since the start of the conservatorship in September 2008 to 3.3 million, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) indicated in its report on foreclosure prevention for Q2 2014 released on September 24.

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CFPB Official Discusses New Servicing Rules

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The laws are constantly changing, however, making compliance an even further complicated issue. Laurie Maggiano, a program manager for servicing and secondary markets at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), was on hand to discuss the ever-changing world of servicing statutes for the "CFPB's National Servicing Standards – Update Session" section of the Compliance Lab on September 15.

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