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Citi Wants More Federal Aid

After Citigroup’s stock tumbled last week – now trading below $3 share – bank executives have asked the federal government for additional assistance in strengthening the company. According to a Wall Street Journal:http://www.

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eMASON Announces Fannie Upgrades to Clarifire

Clearwater, Florida-based eMASON, Inc. has announced key product upgrades to its Clarifire application that the company says will provide increased flexibility and expanded capabilities. Clarifire now features certified Fannie Mae loss mitigation business rules for HomeSaver Advance and pre-foreclosure sale workout types, as well as a direct connection to Fannie Mae’s system of record, Home Saver Solutions Network (HSSN).

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Lockhart Addresses Secondary Market Modifications

James B. Lockhart III, director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) overseeing GSEs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, recently spoke with members of the American Securitization Forum (ASF) about the role the secondary mortgage market must play in the nation’s housing recovery.

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BofA CEO Subpoenaed by New York AG

Bank of America’s chairman and CEO, Kenneth Lewis, has been issued a subpoena by New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. According to a CNN:http://www.cnn.com/CRIME/ report, Cuomo is investigating whether Bank of America, which completed its acquisition of Merrill Lynch on January 1st, violated state law by withholding information from investors.

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Weekly Mortgage Rates Drop

Freddie Mac has released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) for the week ending February 19, 2009, showing that mortgage rates fell for all loan products this week. The GSE reported that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) this week averaged 5.

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Fed Gives Dismal Economic Outlook

On Wednesday, the same day President Obama announced the government’s most aggressive effort yet to ignite a housing recovery, the Federal Reserve diminished its economic outlook for 2009 and warned that the U.

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LenderLive Expands Quality Control Services

Denver-based LenderLive Network Inc., a company that provides business process outsourcing and technology to the financial industry, announced the expansion of its quality control services to support increased demand from clients for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans.

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Treasury Report: Banks Are Lending

The U.S. Department of the Treasury released its first monthly bank lending survey on Tuesday, showing that despite the negative effects of the economic downturn and unprecedented financial crisis, the top 20 banks receiving government funding have continued to originate, refinance, and renew loans.

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Orders in the Courts

Will Loan Modification Disputes Change Servicing and Further Damage U.S. Capitalismx What a year it was. In 2008, home values took a beating while Wall Street investors were out nearly $7 billion. In the American tradition, the next step is to figure out who’s responsible for what, and that means a lot of people will be heading to court and to Congress in 2009.

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