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Mortgage Rates Drop

Freddie Mac released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) today, showing that mortgage rates eased this week, following news of a weaker jobs market which may slow consumer spending and keep inflation at bay.

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BB&T Signs On To Use Fiserv's E-Lending Platform

Fiserv, Inc., a Brookfield, Wisconsin-based provider of financial services technology solutions, announced on Thursday that BB&T Corporation, has chosen the company’s Secure Lending solution to electronically deliver disclosures and other pre-closing documents, with an electronic signature option, to borrowers.

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Fed Purchases $27B in Agency MBS

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York purchased $27.1 billion in agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS) this week. Total MBS purchases since the government program began in early January now stands at $217 billion.

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MCS Awarded Government Contract

Mortgage Contracting Services (MCS), a property preservation and inspection services provider based in Tampa, Florida, announced on Thursday that it has been awarded a contract with U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to perform property preservation work for the government.

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Freddie Loses $50B in 2008

McLean, Virginia-based mortgage financier Freddie Mac released its 2008 financial results on Wednesday. For the full-year 2008, the GSE reported a net loss of $50.1 billion, or $34.60 per diluted common share.

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Securities Regulator Wants Transparency in GSE Trading

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is proposing a major expansion of its Trade Compliance and Reporting Engine (TRACE) to include debt issued by the GSEs, federal government agencies, and government corporations, as well as primary market transactions in new issues.

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Mavent Rolls Out 'Making Home Affordable' Compliance Software

Irvine, California-based Mavent Inc., a provider of automated regulatory compliance software and solutions to the mortgage industry, has unveiled a new automated compliance engine (ACE) that reviews loans for compliance and eligibility under the Obama administration’s Making Home Affordable program.

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Group Employs Public/Private Funding for Distressed Property Purchases

U.S. Housing Renewal is a newly formed organization, created to help struggling Americans reclaim homeownership and help American financial institutions strengthen their balance sheets. The Nashville-based group combines public and private funds for the purpose of purchasing non-performing housing assets from financial institutions and transforming these properties into two-year lease-to-own situations for families who have either lost their homes or have been unable to purchase in the current financial environment.

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Ohio Considers Foreclosure Legislation

The Ohio Legislature has introduced several bills aimed at fighting the foreclosure crisis in the state. Ohio has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country. Residential foreclosures in the Buckeye State were ranked the 10th highest in the nation in RealtyTrac’s latest market report, with one in every 452 homes receiving a foreclosure filing in January.

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