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REDC Sees Success in Foreclosure Auctions

As foreclosures continue to plague homeowners across the nation, foreclosure auctions are becoming an increasingly popular option to sell these properties. Due to the increased demand for these auctions, Real Estate Disposition Corporation (REDC), a real estate auction company based in Irvine, California, says sales are better than ever.

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Mortgage Rates Fall Again: Zillow

The weekly average rate for 30-year fixed mortgages, 15-year fixed mortgages, and 5-1 adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) dropped even lower last week, according to the Zillow Mortgage Rate Monitor, compiled by Zillow Mortgage Marketplace. The weekly average rate borrowers were quoted for 30-year fixed mortgages dropped to 4.

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Mortech Teams Up with Google

In an announcement Tuesday, Lincoln, Nebraska-based Mortech, a mortgage technology company specializing in daily pricing, product decisioning, and lead management, said it has formed a strategic relationship with Google. This partnership comes as Google rolls out its new AdWords comparison ads feature, which allows consumers to shop for and compare mortgages.

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GAO Releases Report on Loan Performance and Negative Equity

In order to inform congressional decision-making representatives about efforts to address problems in the mortgage markets, the growing problem of poor loan performance and negative home equity in the nonprime mortgage market was addressed in a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

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Adjustable-Rate Mortgages Losing Ground

Few borrowers are asking lenders for adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) these days, what with all the bad publicity paid to ARM resets in the face of soaring foreclosures and borrowing costs for fixed mortgages now sitting at record lows. An annual report on the ARM market published by Freddie Mac Tuesday shows adjustable-rate mortgages accounted for just 3 percent of all conventional home purchase loans in 2009. That's the smallest piece of the pie for ARMs since at least 1982. At that time, they made up 62 percent of all new mortgages.

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Bank of America Paces Release of Shadow Inventory in Nevada

Bank of America expects to release about 6,000 foreclosed properties into the Nevada housing market in 2010, about 500 a month, according to a local Las Vegas newspaper. The pent-up supply is part of that looming shadow inventory - a stock of distressed properties that have yet to hit the market because of banks' voluntary foreclosure moratoriums prior to the administration's Making Home Affordable program, complex modification evaluations, and lengthy short sale negotiations.

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LPS Hosts Default Code Enforcement Summit

LPS Field Services and LPS Asset Management Solutions, both divisions of Lender Processing Services, will host the South Florida Code Enforcement Summit, in cooperation with the Gold Coast chapter of the Florida Association of Code Enforcement, on Wednesday, February 17, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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IndiSoft Taps Industry Veteran for SVP

IndiSoft LLC, a technology development firm that focuses on systems for the default services industry, has hired Brian Friedman as SVP. He will be responsible for business development, contract negotiations, investor relations, and joint ventures.

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Wells Fargo Provides Over 400,000 Customers with Mortgage Payment Relief in 2009

In an effort to prevent foreclosures in communities across the country, Wells Fargo & Co. said it is continuing to use the federal Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and other modifications to provide customers with mortgage payment relief. As a result, over 400,000 Wells Fargo loan customers received assistance through active trial and completed modifications in 2009.

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