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Lenders: Beware of the ‘Forced’ Short-Sale in Bankruptcy

Historically, Chapter 7 Trustees rarely seek authorization to sell over-encumbered real property of the estate free and clear of liens because such a sale is authorized only under very limited circumstances. Based upon the rarity of motions to sell over-encumbered property and the assumption that a Court would never grant such a motion, creditors have generally been complacent about monitoring bankruptcy cases for such motions.

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VA Increases Allowable Attorney Fees

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently published a notice in the Federal Register that new maximum foreclosure attorney fees will be allowed for loan terminations completed on or after December 12, 2013. Maximum fee amounts vary by state. There are no changes in the amounts allowed for deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure or bankruptcy releases, although VA continues to review these fees.

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LOGS Network Welcomes Scott Brinkley as CEO

LOGS Network announced Wednesday that it has made a strategic addition to its leadership team with the addition of Scott Brinkley as the organization's new CEO. Before joining LOGS, Brinkley held executive positions for two decades with First American and CoreLogic. He also co-founded a large claims processing business and most recently was CEO of the Illinois foreclosure law firm Pierce and Associates.

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Schneiderman & Sherman Names Litigation Managing Attorney

Schneiderman & Sherman, P.C., named Patricia Carey managing attorney for the firm's litigation group. As a litigation specialist for 18 years, Carey has taught trial skills to hundreds of law students and new attorneys both as a managing attorney and guest faculty member of the Committee on Regional Training.

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LPS and KMCIS Partner on Foreclosure Processing System

Lender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS) and KMC Information Systems (KMCIS) announced Friday that the two firms have teamed up to create an end-to-end foreclosure processing solution for loan servicers. The companies plan to integrate certain LPS technologies with KMCIS' CaseAware platform for attorneys and trustees to improve the efficiency and transparency of foreclosure processing.

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CFPB Offers Additional Guidance on Mortgage Servicing Rules

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a bulletin and interim final rule Tuesday to provide greater clarity to the market concerning mortgage servicing rules that take effect in January 2014. The clarifications address contact with delinquent borrowers, communications with family members after a borrower dies, and treatment of consumers who have filed for bankruptcy.

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Foreclosure Litigation Declines in Q1, Activity Still High

Among all cases, those related to foreclosures were the most active, with 74 cases moving forward, according to first-quarter data from Mortgage Daily. However, that was still a drop from that category's peak. An accompanying white paper released by Ballard Spahr LLP suggests the decline in foreclosure-related cases has more to do with the drop in foreclosure filings during the period. Cases involving loan modifications also decreased as foreclosure filings normalized--though dissatisfaction still remains high.

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FHA Trims Waiting Period for Borrowers Who Experienced Foreclosure

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is allowing borrowers who went through a bankruptcy, foreclosure, deed-in-lieu, or short sale to reenter the market in as little as 12 months, according to a mortgage letter released Friday. In order to be eligible for the more lenient approval process, provided documents must show ""certain credit impairments"" were from loss of employment or loss of income that was beyond the borrower's control. Additionally, borrowers must demonstrate they have fully recovered from the event that caused the hardship and complete housing counseling.

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BDF Law Group Acquires NDeX Businesses from the Dolan Company

The Barrett Daffin Frappier Turner & Engel family of law firms has reacquired National Default Exchange (NDeX), NDeX Title, and NDeX West from the Dolan Company. The deal puts the law firms of the BDF Law Group in direct and complete control over their entire operations. Dolan's decision to shed the NDeX assets is in line with the company's plans to move into specialized business technology for law firms and away from business processing and back office services.

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Incorrect, Outdated Information Most Common Issue on Credit Reports

While 22 percent of Americans admitted they have never checked their credit report, nearly a quarter said they have encountered issues with their credit report, with incorrect or outdated negative marks leading as the main type of problem, according to a recent FindLaw. Overall, 23 percent of Americans said they have had a problem with their credit report, and 10 percent of problems were related to incorrect or outdated information about their credit history, such as delinquency payments, payment history, collection actions, court judgments, and bankruptcies.

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