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Carrie Bay is a freelance writer for DS News and its sister publication MReport. She served as online editor for DSNews.com from 2008 through 2011. Prior to joining DS News and the Five Star organization, she managed public relations, marketing, and media relations initiatives for several B2B companies in the financial services, technology, and telecommunications industries. She also wrote for retail and nonprofit organizations upon graduating from Texas A&M University with degrees in journalism and English.

GSEs’ New Secondary Market Infrastructure Takes Shape

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) touted progress made toward building a new common securitization platform between the GSEs, saying the joint venture ""reached some important milestones"" Monday. Paperwork was filed with the state of Delaware, office space has been secured for the new entity, and executive recruiting is already underway.

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New Industry Technologies Marry Mobility and Compliance

Default servicing technologies are solving the most foreboding of challenges and revolutionizing the way business is conducted. From enabling process servers to validate their work straight from the field to standardizing background checks for property preservation vendors, today's solutions reinforce the mobile nature of the business and demonstrate a commitment to regulatory compliance and consumer protection.

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Cityside Celebrates 15 Years of Growth with New Online Image

Cityside Management Corporation opened its doors in Manchester, New Hampshire, back in 1998 with a single government contract in hand to manage housing units in five New York boroughs. Since then, it has developed into a large-scale, single-source real estate portfolio management services company that serves major markets coast-to-coast with five field offices throughout the United States.

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New Joint Venture to Acquire AMS Servicing

Seneca Mortgage Investments LP, is set to acquire AMS Servicing LLC, according to an announcement released Thursday. Seneca Mortgage Investments, headquartered in New York City, is a newly formed joint venture of Arbor Commercial Mortgage, LLC; affiliates of the global credit platform GSO Capital Partners LP, which is owned by the Blackstone Group; and alternative asset manager EJF Capital, LLC.

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Secretary of State Addresses Mortgage Industry at Honors Event

Former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice delivered the keynote address to conclude Monday night's program at the 10th annual Five Star Conference and Expo in Dallas. Dr. Rice took the stage after the unprecedented giveaway of 10 free homes to U.S. veterans and their families by the Military Warriors Support Foundation, four banks in attendance, and three event sponsors. The evening kicked off with the presentation of the 2013 Five Star Lifetime Achievement Award to Anthony T. Meola of Bank of America.

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Radian Announces Claims Agreement with Freddie Mac

Radian Guaranty Inc., the mortgage insurance subsidiary of Radian Group Inc., has entered into a master transaction agreement with Freddie Mac which the company says eliminates its claim exposure on 9,756 delinquent mortgage loans and 4,586 re-performing loans. The agreement involves a group of 25,760 first-lien mortgages held by Freddie Mac that were insured by Radian and were delinquent as of December 31, 2011. The agreement spells out future claim payments, loss mitigation activity, and insurance coverage of these loans.

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Industry Vets Launch New Group to Advocate for America’s Homeowners

America's Homeowner Alliance announced this week that it is officially open for membership. Launched by a team of industry veterans led by Phil Bracken and guided by an advisory board made up of representatives from the housing industry, prominent consumer groups, and fair housing organizations, America's Homeowner Alliance is the first nationally organized group dedicated to protecting and promoting sustainable homeownership for all segments of America.

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Study Finds 8.3M Homeowners on Verge of Positive Equity

Home prices have rebounded so rapidly that industry data show 8.3 million borrowers who've been underwater are on track to have enough equity to sell their home within the next 15 months--without resorting to a short sale. Metro markets that boast the highest percentage of homes with resurfacing equity include Omaha; Colorado Springs; Tulsa; Little Rock; and Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Genworth Adds Two to MI Senior Leadership Team

Genworth Financial, Inc., announced Wednesday that the company is strengthening the senior leadership team of its U.S. Mortgage Insurance (USMI) unit with the addition of two key executives. Paul Gomez was recently promoted to COO of USMI, and George Reichert was named chief information officer (CIO).

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