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Foreclosures Could Attract Summer Pests

As foreclosure numbers across the country continue to climb and temperatures heat up, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, is reminding homeowners and the industry to remain vigilant of an ancillary issue stemming from continued increases in vacated homes – potential mosquito infestations in the summer months, especially in and around those foreclosed properties with backyard pools.

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Clark Street Sets Up REO Buyer Database

Clark Street Capital, a Chicago-based provider of asset management and advisory services, announced on Monday the launch of its Bank Asset Network. The company says the online portal is the first buyer-centric database of its kind offering a secure, tailored venue for the investing public to purchase REO properties.

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FTC Seeks Comment on New Loan Mod, Servicing Rules

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has initiated rulemaking proceedings to address loan modifications and mortgage servicing. The agency’s Mortgage Assistance Relief Services rulemaking addresses the proliferation of loan modification and foreclosure rescue services in the current economy.

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FHA Allows Tax Credit As Downpayment

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) laid out the details of a new policy Mortgagee Letter 2009-15 ] on Friday that will allow first-time homebuyers to apply the $8,000 federal tax credit toward the purchase costs of an FHA-insured home.

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Fitch Expects Re-Defaults on 75 Percent of Subprime RMBS Mods

Fitch Ratings took a closer look at servicers’ loss mitigation efforts among residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) in a special report= issued last week. The agency found that while home loan workouts to avoid foreclosures have increased substantially, re-defaults post-modification continue to be a problem for servicers, investors, and homeowners, with as many as three-fourths of those mortgages in the subprime category projected to fall back into default status within one year of the initial resolution.

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BofA Modifies 64,000 Countrywide Loans

Bank of America says it modified more than 64,000 Countrywide mortgages between December and March. The workouts are part of the bank’s agreement with 42 state attorneys general to settle predatory lending charges against its Countrywide subsidiary.

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Foreclosure Starts Hit One Million

According to the D.C.-based nonprofit homeownership research and advocacy group the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), a dismal milestone was reached over the weekend – the organization says one million new foreclosures have been filed so far in 2009.

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Real Estate Auction Platforms For Sale

The real estate auction Web sites BidSell.com and BidRent.com, as well as their Canadian counterparts BidSell.ca and BidRent.ca, have been put up for sale by Idea Labz, Inc., an Internet holding company based in Los Angeles.

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Equifax Expands Mortgage Credit Checks

Equifax Inc., the consumer credit reporting agency based in Atlanta, Georgia, announced on Thursday the availability of a proprietary solution which the company says now provides even more comprehensive employer- and government-verified information for mortgage lending institutions.

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