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Michigan Cities Tackle Abandoned Homes

The city of Detroit has implemented a new vacant property procedure that allows city inspectors to board up vacant, foreclosed homes at the cost of the property owner. The city says the ordinance is intended to secure and protect vacant properties for the safety of the community.

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Banks' Projected MBS Losses Over $250B

According to new research by Standard & Poor’s released this week, $250 billion of securitized mortgages are presently in bankruptcy, foreclosure, or REO, and the company says the performance of private-label securities – those that banks keep on their books – are expected to decline even further.

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Foreclosures Continue to Climb in Q1

RealtyTrac released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for the first quarter of 2009 on Thursday, which showed that one in every 159 housing units in the nation received a foreclosure filing during the first three months of the year.

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Indiana AG Sues Foreclosure Consultants

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed lawsuits in Boone, Clark, Delaware, Grant, and Marion counties last week against five foreclosure consultant companies. The lawsuits filed cite violations of three state laws including the Deceptive Consumer Sales Act, Credit Services Organizations Act, and the Mortgage Rescue Protection Fraud Act.

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Lenders Step Up Foreclosures As Moratoriums Expire

Foreclosure floodgates may soon give way as the nation’s leading mortgage lenders lift their recent foreclosure suspensions and move those borrowers that are ineligible for federal programs on through the property repossession process.

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Report: Government Programs Impact California Foreclosures

ForeclosureRadar, which tracks every California foreclosure and provides daily auction updates on its Web site, issued its March Foreclosure Report for the Golden State on Tuesday. According to the company’s market data, foreclosure notices hit a new record level, while foreclosure sales in the state dropped last month.

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NJ Nonprofit Makes Bulk Default Purchase

Housing and Neighborhood Development Services, Inc. (HANDS), a chartered affiliate of NeighborWorks America, recently announced that it acquired the defaulted mortgages on 47 vacant homes in the greater Newark, New Jersey area.

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New York Fed: Seven Percent of Upstate Subprime Loans in Foreclosure

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York recently released A Look at Upstate New York’s Subprime Mortgages in Foreclosure:http://www.newyorkfed.org/regional/2009_Facts_Trends_Vol_2_1.pdf, a report intended to help local housing service providers identify the upstate counties with higher levels of subprime foreclosures and strategically design assistance programs for the expansive region.

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Massachusetts AG Sues Foreclosure Rescue Companies

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has filed a lawsuit and obtained a temporary restraining order against four defendants for their involvement in a foreclosure rescue scam. The complaint, filed in Suffolk Superior Court, alleges that Loan Modification Group Corp.

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