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Colin Robins is the online editor for DSNews.com. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts from the University of Texas, Dallas. Additionally, he contributes to the MReport, DS News' sister site.

First Mortgage Balances See Largest Increase in Six Years

Equifax announced its latest National Consumer Credit Trends report on Monday, which showed that the total balance of first mortgages increased by 2.8 percent from last year. The report found the balance increase was the largest year-over-year increase since September of 2008.

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Credit Suisse to Pay $885 Million to FHFA

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced Friday it had settled two separate lawsuits with Credit Suisse alleging violations of federal and state securities laws in connection with private-label mortgae-backed securities (PLS) purchased by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae during 2005-2007.

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Foreclosure Inventory Down by More than Half a Million

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The number of loans in foreclosure has dropped by more than 500,000 since last year, according to Black Knight Financial Services (BKFS) "First Look" Report focused on February mortgage data. The Data and Analytics Division of BKFS found that foreclosure inventory stood at 1.24 million as of the end of February, 2014.

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Has the Foreclosure Housing Market Improved?

RealtyTrac released a new analysis of the foreclosure housing market on Thursday, which found that 96 percent of U.S. county real estate markets are better off than at the height of the foreclosure crisis four years ago.

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New York Man Gets 9 Years for Mortgage Modification Scam

Isaak Khafizov, a former owner of American Home Recovery (AHR), a mortgage loan modification business in New York, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to nine years in federal prison in connection with a mortgage modification scam that defrauded hundreds of homeowners and lenders.

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Increased Inventory and Prices Help Florida Housing Market

Florida's housing market experienced higher median prices, more new listings, and fewer days on the market in February, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors. A stable inventory helped close sales reach a statewide total of 15,826, a 1.5 percent increase of the previous year.

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Survey: Small Banks Frustrated by Dodd-Frank

The results of a recent small-bank survey found small banks are facing rising compliance costs, and finding it harder to serve customers, due to the new regulations from the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

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