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Bank of America Loses $7.3 Billion in Third Quarter

Bank of America said Tuesday that it lost $7.3 billion during the three-month period ending in September. The company attributed the deficit to new financial reform regulations related to credit and debit card payments. On the mortgage side of its business, though, the company is seeing improvements. Mortgage banking income jumped 95 percent last quarter, the ratio of nonperforming loans and assets declined, and no sizeable losses are expected from the company's foreclosure suspension and affidavit problems.

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MLSListings Makes Realtors Property Resource Available to Members

According to MLSListings, Inc., headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, it is one of the first multiple listing service (MLS) organizations in the country to make Realtors Property Resource (RPR) available exclusively for its members. RPR is the National Association of Realtors' online real estate database, providing Realtors with data on every parcel of property in the United States, according to the trade group.

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Moody’s: U.S. Commercial Real Estate Prices Fall to New Cycle Low

Hearing declarations that recovery has taken hold in the commercial real estate sector, with property values and fundamentals on the upswing? Not just yet. Commercial real estate prices have slipped again and are now the lowest they've been since the beginning of the market downturn, according to new data released Tuesday by Moody's Investors Service. In August, the agency's property price index recorded a 3.3 percent drop, as prices fell below the previous low hit in October 2009.

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Foreclosures Sales, REO Inventories Increase Along West Coast: Report

ForeclosureRadar has released its September market report, and the company's data shows that both foreclosure sales and inventories of bank-owned properties are on the rise throughout the West Coast states of Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. In Nevada, for example, foreclosure sales increased by nearly 40 percent from August to September, with the majority going back to the bank and swelling the REO supply even further.

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Countrywide’s Former Chief Mozilo Settles SEC Charges for $67.5M

The co-founder of what was once the largest, most lucrative subprime lender in the country has agreed to pay a total of $67.5 million to settle allegations of fraud. Former Countrywide chief Angelo Mozilo will pay the SEC a $22.5 million penalty to settle charges that he misled investors about the risk associated with Countrywide's business. Mozilo will also pay $45 million to settle insider trading charges. He has been permanently barred from serving as an officer of a publicly traded company.

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Bank of America and Fidelity National Reach Agreement for REOs

Bank of America and Fidelity National Financial have come to an agreement regarding the foreclosure paperwork issues that have plagued several of the largest lenders in the past weeks. Fidelity will continue to provide title insurance for BofA's foreclosed properties and defend new homeowners in court if title issues arise. The bank has agreed to cover all court related costs and settlements resulting from lawsuits surrounding title issues. The news comes just as Bank of America has announced that it will resume foreclosures in 23 judicial states beginning October 25th.

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Citi Posts $2.2B Profit, Emphasizes Integrity of Foreclosure Procedures

Citigroup reported Monday that it pulled in a profit of $2.2 billion, or 7 cents per share, during the third quarter of this year. The company outperformed analysts' expectations of 6 cents per share as it boasted its third straight quarter of positive gains. Citi has skirted recent revelations of flaws in several major banks' handling of foreclosure paperwork, but the issue was front-of-mind during the company's conference call with investors. Citi officials stressed that reviews have not identified any issues with foreclosure processing or affidavits.

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Foundation Hotline Offers Help Against Foreclosure Scams

The Homeownership Preservation Foundation has partnered with NeighborWorks America, HUD, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to help prevent foreclosure-rescue scams. The coalition is positioning the Homeowner's HOPE Hotline (1-888-995-HOPE) as a central point of contact for homeowners who think they may be victim of a scam. Information provided to the hotline is used by local, state, and federal agencies to shut down predatory companies victimizing distressed homeowners.

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Regulators Shut Down Three Midwest Lenders

After a short-lived quiet period the weekend before, state and federal regulators stepped in on Friday to shut down the operations of one community-based lender in Kansas and two in Missouri. Together, the three closings are expected to cost the FDIC more than $500 million and bring the 2010 failed-bank tally to 132.

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Terranova Expands Executive Team with Seasoned Real Estate Developer

The Terranova Group, a third-party provider of specialized asset management and disposition services, recently hired Richard Parvey to join its executive team as director of land development. A 20-year industry veteran, Parvey brings a wealth of land acquisition and development experience to his new role, where he will be responsible for helping financial institutions move bank-owned and non-performing developments off their books.

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