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Fed Purchases $20B in Agency MBS

The New York Federal Reserve Bank purchased $20.29 billion in mortgage-backed securities (MBS) from government agencies this week. The central bank has committed to buy up $1.25 trillion in mortgage securities this year.

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Mortgage Rates Fall Back Down

Mortgage interest rates across the board dropped back down this week, following three straight weeks of increases for long-term, fixed-rate home loan products. Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac’s VP and chief economist, explained that the upward trend was reversed by reports of low, benign inflation figures.

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GSEs Adopt Notice of Transfer Statute

President Obama signed into law the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act on May 20, 2009. Among other things, the law amends the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), instituting a requirement that borrowers be notified when their mortgage debt has been sold, transferred, or assigned to a new creditor.

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New Regulator to Oversee Home Financing

President Obama’s broad proposal for financial regulatory reform calls for the creation of a new regulatory body, the Consumer Financial Protection Agency. The federal supervisor would have far-reaching oversight and enforcement authorities over the entire residential mortgage financing industry.

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Title Alliance Ltd. Acquires Northern Ohio Title Venture

Title Alliance, Ltd. , headquartered in Media, Pennsylvania, announced on Wednesday that it has acquired America Land Title Affiliates, LLC. America Land Title Affiliates is made up of a group of Realtors in the Akron, Ohio area, each producing over $2 million per year.

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Slow Start for Federal Mortgage Programs

The Treasury Department said this week that Making Home Affordable servicers have extended 150,000 loan modification offers to distressed homeowners, and about 55,000 borrowers are already enrolled in the three-month modification trial.

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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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Obama Outlines Regulatory Overhaul

President Barack Obama laid out the administration’s plan for a new financial regulatory landscape on Wednesday. Obama says it is clear now that the government could have done more to prevent the current financial crisis from spiraling out of control and threatening the overall economy.

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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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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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