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Treasury Releases Recovery Funds for Community Banks

On Wednesday, as Vice President Joe Biden hosts local officials from across the country at the White House to discuss how funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) will support new economic growth in their communities, the Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund is releasing its implementation plan to award nearly $100 million in grants and $3 billion in additional tax credit authority to support community-based financial institutions.

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Fed Bumps MBS Purchases to $1.25 Trillion

The Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee concluded its monthly meeting on Wednesday afternoon, and announced several aggressive initiatives to provide greater support to mortgage lending and housing markets, the committee said in a statement to the press.

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Officials Offer Clarification on Federal Mods

Representatives from the U.S. Treasury, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac took part in a conference call on Tuesday, hosted by the Mortgage Bankers Association and the HOPE NOW Alliance to answer a growing list of servicers’ questions (said to be six pages, single-spaced) regarding the administration’s Home Affordable Modification program.

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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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Response Analytics Releases Making Home Affordable Software

Scottsdale, Arizona-based Response Analytics Inc. has released a new software module developed for mortgage servicers, investors, and mortgage insurers that the company says dramatically simplifies the administration of loan modifications under the federal government’s Making Home Affordable plan unveiled earlier this month.

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Bernanke: Recession May End This Year

In a rare television interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes:http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/60minutes/main3415.shtml this weekend, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told the American public that the U.

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LPS' RealEC Surpasses 42M Orders, Announces HVCC-Compliance

Santa Ana, California’s RealEC Technologies Inc., a provider of collaborative mortgage network solutions that is majority-owned by Lender Processing Services, today announced that it has surpassed a milestone of more than 42 million real estate orders processed through its network, since the company was founded in 1998.

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HUD Delays RESPA's "Required Use" Rule

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) said it will delay the planned implementation of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) required use:http://www.hud.gov/news/requireduserule.

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Report: Subprime Litigation Doubles in 2008

In a new report issued this week, Navigant Consulting, Inc. found that beyond the billions in writedowns, the credit crisis produced an alarming 576 new litigation matters filed in U.S. federal courts in 2008.

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