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Vandalism, Arson — Or Both?

Vandalism

With so many legal stipulations to bear in mind, deserted dwellings are anything but an open-and-shut case. As foreclosure resolution time frames swell, servicers and investors must maintain property preservation standards for longer periods of time. Properties at the highest risk of loss or damage are vacant properties. Vacancy presents a host of problems to servicers and investors in managing their foreclosure inventory. Paramount among those concerns is vandalism.

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Prudent or Petty: The Government’s Settlement Strategy

Prudent or petty

In light of their ineffectiveness in preventing another downturn in housing and their possible contribution to the slowness of the housing recovery, the question then becomes whether the imposition of penalties by the federal government, while "not insurmountable," is really in the best interest of the American consumer. Are they prudent or just petty?

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Shuffling the Deck: Staying Ahead of the Housing Recovery

Housing Recovery

In the housing industry, the only constant is change. In an economy that is still on the road to housing recovery and an industry that is still in a period of consolidation after the biggest financial downturn since the Great Depression, the best in the business are nimble on their feet and adaptable to the set of circumstances that is presented.

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Cost of Compliance: Community-Based Mortgage Servicing

Mortgage Servicing

New regulations have the propensity to transform the mortgage industry into a system where servicers deliver, regulators protect, and consumers trust again. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) mortgage servicing regulations aim to do just that—get delinquent borrowers into loan modification plans and establish effective communication channels between the servicer and borrower to ultimately protect them from foreclosure.

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Villains … or Victims?

DSN-Villians

Select Print Feature, originally appeared in the February 2013 issue of DS News magazine.   uicide. Accusations of prosecutorial overkill fanned by political aspirations. Scores of homeowners perhaps ...

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Driving the Market

What's Driving the Market?

Select Print Feature, originally appeared in the December 2012 issue of DS News Magazine.   For get prices. Forget mortgage rates. The main driver of housing demand—according to ...

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Reflecting on Reform Legislation

Legislation, Mortgage and Compliance News

  Select Print Feature, originally appeared in the September 2013 issue of DS News Magazine.   Barney Frank served as a U.S. Congressman, representing the fourth district of Massachusetts, from ...

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Butterfly Effect

DSN-Butterfly

Special Print Feature, originally appeared in the May 2013 issue of DS News Magazine.   By Jerry Alt The days of winging it are long gone for our universe of ...

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