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Fed Survey: Banks Tightened Lending in Q3

The Federal Reserve released its quarterly survey on lending practices yesterday, and it showed that 95 percent of banks have tightened their lending standards on at least some forms of loans. The survey of 55 domestic banks and 21 U.

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Zillow Survey Shows Half of Homeowners Think Home’s Value Hasn’t Declined

Months of government bailouts and stock market volatility brought Americans’ perception of the values of their own homes closer to reality than it was last quarter, but surprisingly half of U.S. homeowners still believe their home is insulated from the nation’s home value declines, according to the Zillow Q3 Homeowner Confidence Survey.

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Mortgage Fraud Down, But Tied to Foreclosure

According to a report on PR Newswire earlier this week, mortgage fraud activity dropped during the third quarter. This conclusion was based on data from the FraudBlogger Index published by MortgageDaily.

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National Trend of Home Price Declines Continues

Standard & Poor’s released its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices yesterday, reporting on data through August 2008. The study is considered one of the leading measures of U.S. home prices and shows continued broad based declines in the prices of existing single family homes across the country – a trend that prevailed throughout the first half of 2008 and has continued into the second half.

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The Numbers of the GSE Takeover, and Counting

Between them, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac own $5.4 trillion of the nation’s $12 trillion in residential mortgage debt. As part of the federal government’s takeover of the two government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), the U.

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CampusMBA Offers Course in Loss Mitigation

All the turmoil in today’s mortgage banking sector has made the need for qualified loss mitigation professionals much more poignant. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) says its education platform, CampusMBA, is prepared to meet this need through the launch of a new instructor-led workshop focusing on the practice of loss mitigation.

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Subprime Crunch Hurts GMAC in 2007

GMAC Financial Services, a financial services company, said it experienced a net loss of $724 million in the fourth quarter of 2007 and an annual net loss of $2.3 billion for the entire year. The financial services giant blames troubles experienced at its lending subsidiary Residential Capital, LLC, (or ResCap) for the company’s many losses last year.

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HGTV Host Whang Promotes MBA Initiative

Suzanne Whang, HGTV television host of House Hunters and home-buying author, has parterned with the Mortgage Bankers Association to promote the trade group’s Home Loan Learning Center next month during National Homeownership Month.

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