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Six Servicers Sign to Federal Mod Program

The Obama administration has released the names of the first six mortgage companies to officially ink their commitment to participate in the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HMP).

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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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Treasury Releases Lending Survey

The Treasury Department released its February lending survey on Wednesday. The study covers the top 21 institutions who have received a government investment through the Capital Purchase Program (CAP).

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States Move Toward Electronic Property Registration

The Virginia Legislature has passed House Bill 2150, which would allow lenders and servicers to register their foreclosed properties, for the purpose of property preservation tracking, with the Mortgage Electronic Registration System (MERS) instead of using individual municipal registration databases.

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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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Lend America Ups 2009 Projection, Launches Fannie Servicing

Melville, New York-based Lend America, a direct-to-consumer Federal Housing Administration (FHA) lender, recently announced that it has raised its 2009 projection. Based on the company’s first quarter business, Lend America estimates that its servicing assets will surpass $1 billion by the end of the second quarter of 2009 and grow to over $2 billion by December 31, 2009, a 33 percent increase over the company’s previous forecast.

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Plugging the Leak

Rather than Quenching the Industry’s Thirst, Did TARP Trickle Away Needed Funds—Making Matters Worsex Rome may not have been built in a day, but it certainly didn’t take long for its empire to decline and fall.

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Ocwen First to Begin Federal Loan Mods

Ocwen Financial Corporation, a subprime mortgage servicer headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida, announced on Monday that it is the first servicer in the country to begin executing loan modifications under the Treasury Department’s new Home Affordable Modification program.

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Fannie CEO May Lead Government Bailout

President Barack Obama is expected to name Fannie Mae’s chief executive Herb Allison to head the government’s $700 billion bank bailout program, according to a report published Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal:http://online.

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Metro Buyers Turns Tax Credit Into Down Payment

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a tax credit of up to $8,000 is available for first-time home buyers. However, Alpharetta, Georgia-based Metro Buyers Group, LLC, argues that the problem for most first-time buyers is the down payment, and the new tax credit is only available to purchasers that have already closed on their home.

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