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Delinquencies Plague Fannie, Freddie

Statistics show that more homeowners are falling behind on their mortgage payments as the economy tightens, and that even applies to the higher-quality, less-risky home loans owned by GSEs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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Gov. Agencies Crack Down on Foreclosure Rescue Scams

The U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Attorney General of Illinois announced the launch of a new initiative on Monday aimed at foreclosure rescue scams and loan modification fraud.

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RealtyTrac Launches Renter Alerts

On Wednesday, online foreclosure marketplace RealtyTrac announced the launch of RealtyTrac Renter Alerts. The new monitoring service gives tenants advance notice if their landlord defaults on the mortgage and the property they are renting is about to be foreclosed and repossessed by the lender.

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Massachusetts’ February Foreclosure Deeds Wane

Fewer Bay State properties were foreclosed on in February compared to the prior month and a year earlier, according to a new report released Tuesday by Boston-based The Warren Group. Still, despite this flicker of positive news for the Massachusetts housing market, the number of foreclosures initiated by lenders climbed again for the fourth consecutive month.

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More Banks Walking Away From Foreclosures

Cities across the country say they are seeing a disturbing new practice when it comes to foreclosures – more and more, banks are opting not to take possession of foreclosed properties because the costs of maintenance, repairs, and legal fees outweigh the still-declining value of the property.

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Mortgage Industry Warms to Obama's Foreclosure Relief Plan

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) announced last week that a recent survey it conducted signals hope on the horizon for struggling homeowners facing foreclosure. The activist group said it surveyed all major mortgage servicing companies in the nation, and has found that at least 76 percent of outstanding mortgage loans are serviced by companies who have committed to implementing the Obama administration’s Making Home Affordable loan modification program.

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Wayne County Sheriff Resumes Foreclosure Sales

Sheriff Warren Evans of Wayne County, Michigan announced this week that he is resuming foreclosure sales. Evans halted all foreclosure sales in his jurisdiction on February 2nd, in anticipation of a foreclosure relief plan from the federal government.

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GSE Loan Mods Up 76 Percent in Q4

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) submitted its fourth quarter report to Congress this week detailing actions the GSEs have taken to prevent unnecessary foreclosures. The report shows a 76 percent increase in loan modifications by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from the third to fourth quarters of 2008.

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Golden State Foreclosures Still Rising

ForeclosureRadar, which tracks every California foreclosure and provides daily auction updates, issued its monthly California Foreclosure Report for February 2009 on Thursday. The company said that Notices of Default have increased 21.

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