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Mortgage Mod Legal Network Taps Former Fed Governor as Advisor

Mortgage Modification Legal Network (MMLN), also known as WeSaveHomes.com, has appointed former Federal Reserve Governor Dr. Wayne Angell to its board of advisors. MMLN, a national loan modification and loss mitigation servicing firm headquartered in Laguna Niguel, California, said the global recession has made it imperative for financial service companies to assemble great minds to provide solutions for homeowners, lenders, and the governments, together affecting positive momentum for the economy.

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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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Servicer Employs Technology to Automate Loss Mit Evaluations

Bethesda, Maryland’s Overture Technologies, a provider of decisioning solutions for mortgage lending, and Residential Credit Solutions, Inc. (RCS), a Fort Worth, Texas-based mortgage servicing company, announced on Monday that RCS will implement Overture’s Mozart for Special Servicing to identify optimal workout options for delinquent borrowers.

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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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The Moratorium Morass

Why Putting the Brakes on Foreclosures Won’t Stop the Crash California did it. Massachusetts and Maryland did it, too. So did Fannie and Freddie. Florida and Ohio are talking about doing it. The sheriff of Wayne County, Michigan, didn’t wait around for a vote: He did it himself.

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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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