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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.

RedVision Expands Customer Service and Arizona Operations

RedVision, a provider of property research solutions, announced last week that it has bolstered it customer service center and its national expansion efforts with the addition of two key players. Margaret Colloton has been named VP of the company’s customer service operations and Justin Rhoades has been hired as head of its Arizona state team.

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Jeffrey Raff Named Partner at Trott & Trott

David Trott, managing partner of Trott & Trott, P.C., announced this week that Jeffrey Raff has been named partner at the Farmington Hills, Michigan-based firm. Raff serves as supervising attorney of the firm’s litigation group.

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Wilson & Associates Promotes J. Skipper Ray

Wilson & Associates, PLLC yesterday announced the promotion of J. Skipper Ray as supervising attorney for the firm’s closing commitment and curative, title policy, and eviction departments. Ray is an associate partner within the firm, focusing on the practice of foreclosure and eviction law.

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SIFMA Relaxes Jumbo Loan Restrictions

The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Wall Street lobbyist and successor to the Bond Market Association, has announced relaxed restrictions that will permit larger loans financed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to be accepted into the main mortgage bond market.

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RealtyTrac Reports Foreclosures Up in July

According to RealtyTrac, an online marketplace for foreclosure properties, national foreclosure activity for the month of July was up eight percent from the previous month and 55 percent compared to a year ago.

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National City Faces SEC Probe

The Securities and Exchange Commission has begun an informal investigation into National City Corporation relating to the sale of its former subprime mortgage unit, the bank said in its quarterly financial report filed with the agency.

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NAR Says Foreclosures Contributing to Rise in Home Sales

Second quarter existing-home sales rose from the first quarter in 13 states, according to the latest quarterly survey by the National Association of Realtors, released today. NAR said the increase is largely due to buyers’ strong response to discounted home prices.

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