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LPS Launches New Home Price Index

Lender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS), a Jacksonville, Florida-based provider of technology and services to the mortgage industry, announced Tuesday the launch of its proprietary Home Price Index (HPI).

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REDC Sued for $132 Million

National Home Auction Corporation (NHA), a now-defunct real estate company specializing in the marketing and auction-style sale of lender foreclosed properties, filed a lawsuit against Real Estate Disposition Corporation (REDC) in an Orange County Superior Court on Friday.

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MBA Lowers 2009 Home Loan Forecast

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) announced Monday that it has lowered its forecast of mortgage originations in 2009 to $2.03 trillion, a drop of over $700 billion from its March forecast. The association explained that $84 billion of the drop is due to lower purchase originations and the other $616 billion-plus is due to fewer rate and term refinancings and very low volumes within the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP).

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Bay State Foreclosures Down Two Months

The number of foreclosures in Massachusetts declined by double-digit percentages in May compared to last year and the prior month, according to the latest report from the Boston-based real estate research company The Warren Group.

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Allison Confirmed for Treasury Post

Former Fannie Mae CEO Herbert M. Allison, Jr. was confirmed by the United States Senate on Friday to serve as the Department of the Treasury’s assistant secretary for Financial Stability. In this position, he is responsible for developing and coordinating the Treasury’s policies on legislative and regulatory issues aimed at restoring the nation’s financial system.

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Default Mitigation Management Announces New Release of Loss Mit Portal

Newport, Kentucky-based Default Mitigation Management LLC (DMM) has released an update to its Debtor’s Counsel Loss Mitigation Web Portal. The company explained that the new release is another step forward in creating more effective channels of communication between attorneys, servicers, and now the trustees, and streamlining the loss mitigation process – in and out of bankruptcy.

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Investors Target Arizona Foreclosures

Investors are zeroing in on the distressed housing market in Arizona. According to the research firm MDA DataQuick, nearly 4 out of every 10 homes sold in the Phoenix area in April were snatched up by absentee buyers, which typically constitute investors or vacation property purchases.

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GSEs Adopt Notice of Transfer Statute

President Obama signed into law the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act on May 20, 2009. Among other things, the law amends the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), instituting a requirement that borrowers be notified when their mortgage debt has been sold, transferred, or assigned to a new creditor.

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Fed Purchases $20B in Agency MBS

The New York Federal Reserve Bank purchased $20.29 billion in mortgage-backed securities (MBS) from government agencies this week. The central bank has committed to buy up $1.25 trillion in mortgage securities this year.

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