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HAMP Report Card Shows Only 31,000 Permanent Mods

Treasury released the highly anticipated progress report on the government's foreclosure prevention program Thursday afternoon - which for the first time includes details on the number of trial modifications each servicer has converted to permanent status - and as lenders warned earlier this week, the results were disappointing.

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Banks to Prepay FDIC Fees, Agency Mulls ‘Safe Harbor’ for Securitized Loans

It's no longer just a proposal the FDIC decided Thursday to implement a new payment structure for banks that requires them to prepay three years of insurance premiums. The agency also signaled that it is putting together new rules that would provide ""safe harbor"" protection for loans bundled in securities, essentially putting these assets out of the FDIC's reach if the selling institution goes under.

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Countersuit Filed Against Ohio Attorney General

American Home Mortgage Servicing, Inc. (AHMSI), headquartered in Texas, is fighting back against the lawsuit filed against them yesterday. Filed by Ohio Attorney General, Richard Cordray, the lawsuit against AHMSI alleges the company was under numerous violations of the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act.

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