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Loan Modifications Remain Stable in February

Loan Modifications Remain Stable in February

HOPE NOW, a private sector alliance of mortgage servicers, investors, mortgage insurers, and non-profit counselors, released its February 2014 loan modification data. The group reported that an estimated 42,000 homeowners received permanent modifications in the month, including modifications from proprietary programs and the government's Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP).

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NFHA Files Another Complaint Alleging Housing Discrimination

NFHA Files Another Complaint Alleging Housing Discrimination

In a long line of lawsuits and complaints against corporations alleging discrimination, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) announced a complaint against Safeguard Properties, the largest mortgage field services company in the country. The organization alleges REO properties were not as well maintained and marketed in African-American, Latino, and other non-white communities compared to properties in white neighborhoods.

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Vacation Home Sales Rise in 2013; Investment Purchases Fall

Vacation Home Sales Rise in 2013; Investment Purchases Fall

Vacation home sales rose in 2013, while investment purchases fell below the higher levels seen in previous years, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). NAR’s 2014 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey found vacation-home sales jumped 29.7 percent to an estimated 717,000, while investment-home sales fell 8.5 percent to an estimated 1.1 million in 2013.

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Mortgage Performance Improves in Q4 2013

Mortgage Performance Improves in Q4 2013

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released a report Thursday, highlighting the performance of first-lien mortgages serviced by large national and federal banks continued to improve in the fourth quarter of 2013. The OCC Mortgage Metrics Report for the Fourth Quarter of 2013 found 91.8 percent of mortgages were currently performing, up slightly from 91.4 percent in Q3 2013.

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Distressed Sales and Investor Purchases Fall in February

Distressed Sales and Investor Purchases Fall in February

U.S. residential sale volume decreased in February, with distressed sales and investor purchases also pulling back for the month. RealtyTrac's February 2014 Residential & Foreclosure Sales Report found that U.S. residential properties slid .2 percent from January, but remain up 7 percent from the same time period a year ago.

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What is Causing the Decline in Short Sales?

What is Causing the Decline in Short Sales?

Consequences stemming from the expiration of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act may be surfacing, according to a perspective piece written by CoreLogic’s Kathryn Dobbyn. The piece found that throughout 2012 and into 2013, short sales had been steadily declining, partly due to rising home prices.

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