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FHA Brings Mortgage Relief to 400,000 Homeowners

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced that 400,000 homeowners have refinanced their mortgages with HUD’s affordable mortgage insurance program. Since expanding its refinance program in September 2007, HUD’s Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has helped more distressed homeowners keep their homes by utilizing FHA’s safe and affordable mortgage financing.

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New REO Program Reduces Sales Cycle by 30 Percent

Champion Mortgage, a division of Nationstar Mortgage LLC, announced the launch of its REO Financing Partner Program yesterday. The program, developed specifically with today’s distressed market conditions in mind, has shortened turn times on REO foreclosure sales by 30 percent, which in turn has helped decrease loss severity on REO properties by over 10 percent, the company said.

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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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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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Nearly 2.5M Foreclosures Prevented, HOPE NOW Reports

HOPE NOW announced yesterday that, due to the continuing efforts of HOPE NOW and the broader mortgage industry, 2.47 million homeowners have avoided foreclosure and been able to stay in their homes since the organization began its efforts in July 2007.

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Visionet Rolls Out New REO Management Tool

Mortgage bankers and servicers require a comprehensive, flexible, and scalable REO management system that integrates with their own in-house and third party systems to provide automated workflow management and high visibility throughout the property management life cycle.

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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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First American Launches New Loss Mitigation Tool

First American Default Technologies, a member of The First American Corporation family of companies and a provider of host-system integration technology to the mortgage default servicing industry, launched a new loss mitigation module as part of its VendorScape suite of solutions today.

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