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Foreclosures Drop Six Percent

Foreclosure filings fell six percent during the month of May, according to the U.S. Foreclosure Market Report released by RealtyTrac on Thursday. Despite the monthly decline, the nation’s foreclosure numbers are nearly 18 percent higher than they were in May 2008.

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Foreclosures Lead to Greater Price Cuts

Nearly a quarter of homes currently for sale in the United States have experienced at least one price cut, according to a report released Friday by Trulia, Inc., a San Francisco-based real estate company that tracks home prices in local communities across the country.

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BofA Facilitates Cities' REO Purchases

Bank of America Home Loans recently announced a new streamlined program for municipalities to purchase properties from its REO portfolio. The new guidelines are exclusively for local and state government departments receiving HUD’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) grants.

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Foreclosures Could Attract Summer Pests

As foreclosure numbers across the country continue to climb and temperatures heat up, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, is reminding homeowners and the industry to remain vigilant of an ancillary issue stemming from continued increases in vacated homes – potential mosquito infestations in the summer months, especially in and around those foreclosed properties with backyard pools.

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FTC Seeks Comment on New Loan Mod, Servicing Rules

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has initiated rulemaking proceedings to address loan modifications and mortgage servicing. The agency’s Mortgage Assistance Relief Services rulemaking addresses the proliferation of loan modification and foreclosure rescue services in the current economy.

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Foreclosure Starts Hit One Million

According to the D.C.-based nonprofit homeownership research and advocacy group the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), a dismal milestone was reached over the weekend – the organization says one million new foreclosures have been filed so far in 2009.

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HOPE NOW: April Workouts Hit New Record

HOPE NOW announced this week that 270,000 homeowner solutions were completed in April. This is the largest number of workouts in any month since HOPE NOW began to compile data. Last month, HOPE NOW members and the mortgage lending industry modified 127,000 mortgages and completed 143,000 repayment plans.

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MBA: Delinquencies, Foreclosures Continue to Climb

Foreclosures and mortgage delinquencies are still mounting and will continue to rise until the first quarter of 2011, driven primarily by increasing job losses, according to a new report issued by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) on Thursday.

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