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HOPE NOW: 123,000 Modifications in January

HOPE NOW, a foreclosure prevention alliance of mortgage servicers, non-profit counselors, and investors, today announced that its members and the larger mortgage lending industry modified 123,000 mortgages in January 2009.

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NeighborWorks Receives Smith Barney Donation

NeighborWorks Center for Foreclosure Solutions announced yesterday that it has received a donation in the amount of $50,000 from Smith Barney, a division of Citigroup Global Markets Inc. The contribution was awarded to help support foreclosure intervention and prevention strategies.

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LPS Reports Increase in Jumbo Prime Foreclosures

Lender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS), a provider of integrated technology and services to the mortgage industry, has released its February 2009 LPS Mortgage Monitor. Among the findings, LPS reports that foreclosure starts have continued to increase across major product types over the past several months despite moratoria and mitigation.

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Texas Companies Turn to E-Mods to Prevent Foreclosures

To provide faster service and acceptance of loan restructurings, Wingspan Portfolio Advisors, a Carrollton, Texas firm specializing in saving seriously delinquent loans from foreclosure, has selected electronic mortgage solutions from Houston-based SigniaDocs.

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ACORN Activist Charged in Foreclosure Break-in

An activist for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) has been charged with fourth degree burglary for helping a Southeast Baltimore woman break into her former home last week as part of a protest demonstration against foreclosures.

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California Issues Foreclosure Moratorium

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger approved a bill appended to the state’s budget package last week that institutes a 90-day foreclosure moratorium throughout the Golden State. Introduced by Sen.

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RealtyTrac Releases Foreclosure Widget

RealtyTrac, a national online marketplace for foreclosure properties based in Irvine, California, and Caspio, Inc., a provider of a Web-based point-and-click platform for creating Web applications, today announced the launch of a new foreclosure Web application that features historical foreclosure activity data by state or by county and a real-time nationwide search of properties in foreclosure.

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Appraisers Rally Against BPOs in Foreclosure Relief Plan

The nation’s four largest organizations of professional real estate appraisers—the Appraisal Institute, American Society of Appraisers, American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, and the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers urging the federal government to require that market values of homes rescued under President Obama’s Homeowner Affordability and Stability Program be determined by professional appraisers who are state certified and licensed.

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Wolters Kluwer Consultants Earn CRCM Designation

Minneapolis-based Wolters Kluwer Financial Services recently announced that two members of its compliance management services team have earned the prestigious Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) designation from the American Bankers Association’s (ABA’s) Institute of Certified Bankers (ICB).

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