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CRL Puts Price Tag on Foreclosure Impact

According to the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), the impact of the foreclosure crisis not only has devastating consequences for the displaced households, but in its wake, the spillover effect is eating away at the value of nearby homes by startling sums.

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Mortgage Apps Fall to Seven-Month Low

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey on Wednesday, which showed that home loan applications dropped to their lowest level since last November, as rising mortgage interest rates have led to an increase in borrowing costs.

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Concerns Raised Over NJ Foreclosure Law

New Jersey’s Mortgage Stabilization and Relief Act (MSRA), also know as S1599, became effective April 1, 2009. The legislation imposes additional requirements on lenders trying to foreclose, and it allocates $40 million to fund two state mortgage relief programs.

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Washington State Advocates Foreclosure Counseling

Washington state’s PROOF program, which stands for Prevent or Reduce Owner-Occupied Foreclosure, matches homeowners who are behind on their mortgage with certified housing counselors. Lawmakers have authorized $250,000 for the statewide initiative to help distressed homeowners negotiate loan modifications or other workouts with their lenders.

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California Moratorium in Effect

The California Foreclosure Prevention Act officially went into effect on Monday. The measure was signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last February, and institutes a statewide 90-day foreclosure moratorium.

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Texas AG Hosts Mortgage Fraud Summit

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott welcomed state and local authorities, law enforcement officials, prosecutors, and other Texans from the real estate industry to the Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) Mortgage Fraud Summit in Austin on Monday.

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Comptroller Dugan Tours Dallas

Comptroller of the Currency John C. Dugan recently toured two Dallas neighborhoods where low- and moderate-income homebuyers are being given affordable opportunities to own a home. Dugan described one of these neighborhoods in South Dallas as being hit hard by foreclosures.

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Foreclosure Scammers Target Short Sales

Scottsdale, Arizona-based National Short Sale Center says more than 50 percent of the homeowners it is working with to secure short sales have been approached by circumspect individuals or companies proffering fraudulent foreclosure rescue services.

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New York Governor Wants Stronger Mortgage Protections

New York Gov. David A. Paterson has proposed legislation that would build upon the state’s subprime lending reform law enacted last year. The measure centers on providing additional protections for homeowners and tenants, establishing safeguards against foreclosure rescue scams, and preventing urban blight caused by foreclosed homes.

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