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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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Pennsylvania Steps Up Foreclosure Fight

Pennsylvania Gov. Edward D. Rendell announced on Monday an emergency executive action= intended to provide immediate relief to struggling homeowners in the state. The governor is directing $5 million in state funding to be used for mortgage assistance to ensure that recently unemployed workers can keep their homes while they are retraining and finding new jobs, the governor’s office said in a press statement.

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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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UFA: Default Tsunami May Be Receding

According to Michigan-based University Financial Associates (UFA), the risk of default for nonprime mortgages during the first quarter of 2009 is down from Q4 2008. The company’s Default Risk Index for the first three month’s of 2009 fell to 201 from last quarter’s revised index of 209.

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Former Countrywide Execs Buying Up Bad Mortgages

Many have argued that Countrywide Financial and its top executives carry a large portion of the blame for the current state of the housing market and the vast amounts of bad loans that have now infiltrated the nation’s financial system.

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Cramdown Bill Passes House

The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation on Thursday that will allow bankruptcy judges to reduce the principal amount of mortgage loans. The proposed law has received stiff opposition from the banking and mortgage industries, but the Obama administration and Democratic lawmakers have been unrelenting in pushing the so-called cramdown legislation through Congress.

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MBA: Delinquencies Hit Record-Highs

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released its Mortgage Delinquency Survey for 2008 on Thursday, which showed that Americans fell behind on their mortgages and banks seized homes at a record pace in the fourth quarter of last year.

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Zillow Reports Surge in Refi Loan Requests

Amidst the announcement of President Barack Obama’s housing plan, and with mortgage rates reaching historic lows, Seattle-based real estate web site Zillow.com reports record-breaking traffic and loan request activity within its free marketplace for custom mortgage quotes.

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Treasury Releases Loan Mod Details

The Treasury Department released guidelines on Wednesday that will enable servicers to begin modifications of eligible mortgages under the administration’s Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan – announced by President Barack Obama just two weeks ago.

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