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Chrisley Asset Management Introduces New Loss Mitigation Services

Atlanta-based Chrisley Asset Managent, a full-service REO management company, announced Wednesday the integration of short sales and loan modification services to its clients, streamlining the process for lenders and borrowers while increasing overall efficiency with a low-cost and reliable solution.

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Double Dip in Home Prices Threatens One in Five Markets

Despite what seemed to be a flattening - and in some cases even a reversal - of home price declines last year, there are signs that the dreaded ""double dip"" is developing in as many as one in five markets, Zillow says. While residential values in some markets appear to have found their bottom, the company has observed prices in such large metros as Boston, Atlanta, and San Diego to have leveled or begun to decrease again after consecutive monthly increases - early signs of what could become a second period of prolonged declines.

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Khafre Takes the Pain Out of Commercial Loan Mods

Payment Gone, LLC, creators of Khafre Back Office, announced Wednesday the launch of its commercial loan modification software module. The company says this marks the introduction of the first commercial mortgage mod software on the market. The new module is designed to enable servicers to accurately capture and manage their clients' portfolio of commercial properties and to quickly analyze clients' complete financial picture.

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Fulfillment Division Launched by CMAC

Low interest rates have pushed more Americans to refinance their mortgages, and the Federal Housing Administration has announced enhanced refinance guidelines to assist homeowners facing foreclosure. As a result, banks and lenders are faced with an increasing volume of loan modification and refinancing requests.

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Defaults on FHA Loans Surpass 9%

Even with improvements beginning to peek through the debris of the housing crisis, mortgage defaults continue to rise at an incredible rate, and the story is no different for the federal government's mortgage insurance agency. The latest numbers from the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) show that loans at least 90 days past due hit 9.12 percent at the end of 2009. That figure is up from 6.82 percent one year earlier. Foreclosures also soared 41 percent, but short sales as a means of avoiding foreclosures outpaced even that figure, increasing 140 percent.

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Homeownership Hits Lowest Mark in a Decade

With foreclosures still rising and potential homebuyers still reluctant to get into the market, homeownership in the United States has hit a 10-year low. According to the Census Bureau, the homeownership rate fell to 67.2 percent at the end of last year. Homeownership has been on a steady downward slope since 2006, when housing woes began to eat away at the government's long-time push to make the American Dream a reality for anyone that wanted it.

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House Committee to Investigate Obama’s Modification Program

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has launched an official investigation into the federal government's foreclosure prevention program. According to a statement from the head of the committee, the probe was triggered by complaints that servicers have been slow and inconsistent in modifying loans under the Making Home Affordable (MHA) program, and are not communicating clearly with eligible homeowners.

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TenantAccess Addresses Aftermath of Tenant Foreclosure Law

In an effort to help the industry cope with the aftermath of the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTAFA), Austin, Texas-based TenantAccess offers a comprehensive, end-to-end solution called the Tenant Protection Response Program (TPRP) and is now providing tier 1 banks, servicers, and asset managers relief from the property and tenant management responsibilities they have acquired as a result of this legislature.

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Fifth Third Mortgage Company Sees Success in Mortgage Modifications

The comprehensive Home Affordability and Stability Plan, introduced by the Obama administration in March 2009, was created in hopes of providing refinance and modification options for millions of homeowners. So far, though, that hasn't been the case. However, Fifth Third Mortgage Company, a financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio and a subsidiary of Fifth Third Bank, says it has done its part to help homeowners stay in their homes.

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FTC Rule Bans Up-Front Fees for Modifications

The Federal Trade Commission has proposed a new rule that would prohibit third parties, including loan modification specialists and loss mitigation attorneys, from collecting payment for foreclosure prevention services until after they obtain a documented offer from a lender or servicer for a modification or other form of mortgage relief.

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