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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.

New Hampshire Foreclosure Outlook Largely Positive

The New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority (NHHFA) released foreclosure data for April, which found that 210 foreclosure deeds were recorded in the month, a 9 percent increase. This is the first time in over a year that the Granite State saw in increase when compared to the same month in the prior year.

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Total Home Flipping Down Yearly, but Profit Increases

In a blog post, RealtyTrac VP Daren Blomquist analyzed data from the company's newly created and interactive, county-level heat map, which shows the returns on home flipping over the last 12 months in 1,050 counties nationwide. He found that although flipping was down nationally in the first quarter of 2014 compared to a year ago, flippers are making bigger profits per flip.

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Credit Union Lending Jumps in Q1 2014

Credit Unions continued to grow during the first quarter of 2014, although higher interest rates slowed mortgage originations, according to the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). The group found that total first mortgage real estate loans reached $272.6 billion, up 9.7 percent from Q1 2013.

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Ocwen No Longer Requiring Gag Orders on Loan Mods

Mortgage Debt Relief

In a report originally in Reuters, Ocwen will stop requiring gag orders, which disallowed some homeowners from criticizing the company publicly in exchange for having their loan terms modified, according to New York State's Superintendent of Financial Services Benjamin Lawsky.

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Home Prices Continue Upward Climb in April

In its latest Home Price Index, CoreLogic reported that home prices continue to rise across the nation, with more increases to come in 2015. The company reported that home prices increased 10.5 percent in April from the previous year, including distressed sales. The company projects home prices will continue to increase by 1.0 percent month-over-month in May.

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Massachusetts AG Sues Fannie/Freddie Over Buyback Programs

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has sued the Federal Housing Finance Agency and mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, alleging the companies' refusal to engage in foreclosure buyback programs is "unfairly and illegally causing Massachusetts families to lose their homes."

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VRM Mortgage Services Announces Milestone

VRM Mortgage Services announced that it has listed, managed, and sold over 500,000 REO properties since the company was founded eight years ago. According to company officials, the volume is more than any other asset management company over the same period, and stems from the company’s emphasis on supporting local communities and preserving property values.

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Bank Foreclosures Listed Far Below Regional Selling Prices

RealtyStore, a provider of a broad variety of real estate listings, recently released a report outlining average selling prices for bank foreclosures. The company found the median price of bank foreclosures for sale in six select states list at an average of nearly 50 percent below recent median existing-home sale prices.

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JPMorgan Chase Sued for Discriminatory Lending Practices

Foreclosures continue to be a national problem, and one metro's City Attorney thinks a large chunk of the problem came from discrimination. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer is suing one of the nation's largest banks, JPMorgan Chase, alleging the bank engaged in discriminatory lending.

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