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FDIC Postpones PPIP Loan Purchases

The FDIC announced on Wednesday that it is postponing the legacy loan portion of the government’s Public-Private Investment Program (PPIP). The plan was unveiled in March as a means of cleansing banks’ balance sheets of under-performing mortgages and other toxic assetst hat have led to substantial write-downs since the beginning of the financial crisis.

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Industry Testifies on Future of GSEs

Leaders from a number of housing industry groups flocked to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to weigh in on how mortgage financing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should be structured. The two GSEs own or guarantee 56 percent, or $5.

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FHA Allows Tax Credit As Downpayment

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) laid out the details of a new policy Mortgagee Letter 2009-15 ] on Friday that will allow first-time homebuyers to apply the $8,000 federal tax credit toward the purchase costs of an FHA-insured home.

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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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BofA Modifies 64,000 Countrywide Loans

Bank of America says it modified more than 64,000 Countrywide mortgages between December and March. The workouts are part of the bank’s agreement with 42 state attorneys general to settle predatory lending charges against its Countrywide subsidiary.

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Court Denies Countrywide’s Motion To Dismiss RICO Charges

The federal district court for the Southern District of California in San Diego has denied Countrywide Financial Corp.‘s motion to dismiss a consolidated class action complaint against the lender, which challenges Countrywide’s subprime mortgage marketing and lending practices.

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FDIC Contracts New Firm for Real Estate Services

The FDIC has certified Next Wave Advisors Inc. to assist the agency with a variety of real estate services, including lender workouts, asset valuation, and disposition of property acquired through bank takeovers and liquidations.

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