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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.

Maselli Joins Lender Processing Services

Jacksonville, Florida-based Lender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS), a provider of integrated technology and services to the mortgage industry, has announced that mortgage banking veteran Pete Maselli has joined the company’s Office of the Enterprise team as SVP of strategy and business development.

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January Home Sales Fall, Inventory Down

Existing-home sales declined in January with some buyers waiting to see how details of the economic stimulus package would affect them, according to a new report released on Wednesday by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

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RedVision Reaches One Million Mark

Parsippany, New Jersey-based RedVision recently reached a significant corporate milestone, completing its one millionth real property research transaction. The company also said it has now hired its 285th team member.

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Gov. Perry Addresses Texas Realtors

Texas Gov. Rick Perry addressed the board of directors of the Texas Association of Realtors during the organization’s annual Winter Meeting held in Austin this week. The meeting included discussions relating to the statewide real estate market and Texas economy, legislative issues affecting Texas homeowners, commercial real estate trends, and professional standards for Realtors.

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LPS Reports Increase in Jumbo Prime Foreclosures

Lender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS), a provider of integrated technology and services to the mortgage industry, has released its February 2009 LPS Mortgage Monitor. Among the findings, LPS reports that foreclosure starts have continued to increase across major product types over the past several months despite moratoria and mitigation.

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NeighborWorks Receives Smith Barney Donation

NeighborWorks Center for Foreclosure Solutions announced yesterday that it has received a donation in the amount of $50,000 from Smith Barney, a division of Citigroup Global Markets Inc. The contribution was awarded to help support foreclosure intervention and prevention strategies.

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Mortgage Rates Inch Up

Freddie Mac today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) for the week ending February 26, 2009, showing little change in mortgage rates this week with only slight upticks in three of the four categories of loan products analyzed.

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Treasury: Capital Assistance Now Available

The U.S. Treasury Department has released plans for its Capital Assistance Program (CAP), a core element of the government’s Financial Stability Plan. The Treasury issued terms and conditions for CAP on Wednesday, saying that the new program is intended to support confidence in the health of the nation’s financial institutions and in the system as a whole, and promote lending to creditworthy borrowers.

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Texas Companies Turn to E-Mods to Prevent Foreclosures

To provide faster service and acceptance of loan restructurings, Wingspan Portfolio Advisors, a Carrollton, Texas firm specializing in saving seriously delinquent loans from foreclosure, has selected electronic mortgage solutions from Houston-based SigniaDocs.

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Report: Home Values Closed Out 2008 with Record Declines

Data through December 2008, released on Tuesday by Standard & Poor’s for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices (HPI), show that the prices of existing single family homes across the United States continue to set record declines, a trend that prevailed throughout all of 2007 and 2008.

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