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Fed Cuts Key Interest Rate to Historic Low

The Federal Reserve yesterday slashed its benchmark federal funds rate – the overnight rate at which banks lend to each other – from 1 percent to a target range of 0 percent to 0.25 percent, the lowest rate on record.

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Fiserv Enhancements Support GSEs' New Loan Mod Program

Brookfield, Wisconsin-based Fiserv Inc., a provider of information technology services to the financial industry, today announced enhanced capabilities to its Home Retention Solutions offering – a system that helps financial institutions proactively identify and contact troubled borrowers with customized repayment solutions to try to keep them out of foreclosure.

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Fed Buys Mortgage-Backed Securities From AIG

The faltering American Insurance Group Inc. (AIG) said earlier this week that it has sold its portfolio of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) to a new financing entity backed by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which was created in early October as part of the federal government’s bailout of the giant insurer.

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California Foreclosures Rebound After Impact of SB 1137

ForeclosureRadar, an online company that tracks California foreclosures and provides daily auction updates, issued its California Foreclosure Report for November 2008 today. Despite the clear impact that California State Senate Bill 1137 had on stemming foreclosure activity in September and October, November saw significant increases across all stages of the foreclosure process, the company said.

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Identity Verification for Home Loans Now Provided in Real-Time

Fort Worth, Texas-based Rapid Reporting, a provider of income and identity verification products for the mortgage industry, has announced that the Social Security Administration is now providing verification of Social Security numbers in real-time, enabling Rapid Reporting to provide nearly immediate answers to users of its DirectChek identity verification solution.

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NJ Company Expands Search to Accommodate Increasing Foreclosure Records

Bergenfield, New Jersey-based NJLispendens recently announced enhanced search options to its Web site for pre-foreclosure court filings. NJLispendens offers legal insider information that is updated daily, allowing for real estate investors, lenders, and Realtors to locate recently filed foreclosure actions as they are recorded in the courts and pinpoint homeowners in default who need their help to avoid foreclosure.

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