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Companies Form REO Asset Alliance

Five national companies in the mortgage and property management industry – Avalar Network, Inc., DDN Services, ECJ Asset Management, TrustTitle, and TT Lender Solutions – announced on Friday the formation of a strategic alliance to provide a one-source, cross-functional solution for lenders and investors to manage distressed real property loan assets.

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Fed Purchases $33B in Agency MBS

The New York Federal Reserve Bank purchased $32.9 billion in mortgage-backed securities (MBS) from government agencies this week. Total MBS purchases since the Fed program began in early January now stands at $303 billion.

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Fannie, Freddie Proceed with Bonuses

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are planning to follow through with the payout of retention bonuses to more than 7,500 employees. The two companies plan to award $159 million to executives and key staff members over the next 18 months, on top of the nearly $51 million already paid out in 2008.

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Mortgage Rates Hit New Record Lows

Freddie Mac released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) on Thursday, showing that mortgage rates dropped again this week, hitting yet another record-breaking low for all loan products in the GSE’s study.

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Survey: Few Lenders Ready for HVCC

On May 1st, the Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC) is scheduled to take effect, mandating that all new loans sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac comply with strict rules established to mitigate the risk assumed by the two GSEs.

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Wolters Kluwer Extends Compliance Technology to Community Banks

Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Wolters Kluwer Financial Services announced last week that the company is expanding the reach of its CompliSource solution to the community banking marketplace. The tool, which was previously only available to larger lenders, now offers community banks a means for managing state and federal compliance law governing consumer finance, indirect lending, and mortgage lending.

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RealtyTrac Launches Renter Alerts

On Wednesday, online foreclosure marketplace RealtyTrac announced the launch of RealtyTrac Renter Alerts. The new monitoring service gives tenants advance notice if their landlord defaults on the mortgage and the property they are renting is about to be foreclosed and repossessed by the lender.

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