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Freddie Mac Shows Loss for Q2, Needs $1.5B from Treasury

Freddie Mac said Monday that it logged a $2.1 billion net loss for the second quarter. The company has requested $1.5 billion in taxpayer funding from Treasury, bringing the total amount of its capital draws while in conservatorship to $66.2 billion. Freddie's latest financials represent a slide from the previous quarter, when it posted a $676 million profit and needed no money from Treasury. The GSE acquired 24,799 REO properties through foreclosure in the second quarter but sold 29,355, shrinking its inventory of repossessed homes.

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Fannie Mae Requests $5B in Taxpayer Support After Q2 Loss

Fannie Mae's second-quarter loss narrowed from the previous quarter, but still in the red, the GSE says it needs to draw another $5 billion from Treasury, bringing its tally of taxpayer-funded support to $104.8 billion since the company was placed into conservatorship. The company reported a net loss of $2.9 billion for the April-to-June period, compared to a net loss of $6.5 billion in the first quarter of the year. Fannie Mae acquired 53,697 REO homes through foreclosure over the three months ending in June.

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Senator Reed Urges FHFA to Require GSEs to Rent Foreclosed Properties

Senator Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island) has sent a letter to the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recommending the agency require Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac rent out foreclosed properties rather than immediately attempting to sell them at bargain prices. Reed believes renting the properties would help the market on all fronts by reducing foreclosure inventories, providing affordable housing, and creating jobs in hard-hit industries.

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NAREB and Investors Partner in $800M Housing Relief Program

Studies have shown that minorities have been disproportionately impacted by the nation's housing crisis. The National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Inc. (NAREB) is taking steps to ease that impact. NAREB is partnering with Wall Street investors to launch an $800 million Homeowner's Assurance Program (HAP) to bring foreclosure mitigation to minority families and clean up neighborhood blight in their communities.

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LPS Records 10% Monthly Increase in Foreclosure Starts

Data released by Lender Processing Services (LPS) Thursday indicates foreclosure and delinquency numbers are on the rise again. The company says foreclosures were initiated on 217,486 loans in June, up more than 10 percent from May. The national delinquency rate also increased to 8.15 percent. As a supplement to this month's report, LPS examined its historical data and found that nearly half of all loans originated in the U.S. since 2005 would not qualify as a Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM) under regulators' current proposal.

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Foreign Investors Will Not Save U.S. Housing But May Help Some States

The combination of declines in home prices and in the value of the dollar is making U.S. homes very affordable for some foreign buyers, according to Capital Economics. The 33-percent drop in housing values since the beginning of 2006 translates to an even greater decline when the dollar value is compared with Canadian, Chinese, and European currencies. While international investors likely won't bring recovery to the American housing market in the near-term, the research firm says they may provide a boost to a handful of states.

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Clear Capital: Seasonal Price Gains Haven’t Changed Housing Picture

A study released by Clear Capital Thursday reveals home prices continue to correct from winter's extended declines, edging up on the increase in sales activity that comes with warmer weather. But even recent gains off the record low experienced earlier this year have not been enough to change the broader housing picture, Clear Capital says. Its latest reading of national home prices shows an annual decline of 7.9 percent, with only a handful of markets in the Northeast bucking the trend.

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Stewart Lender Services Extends REO Offerings to Community Banks

Stewart Lender Services has developed a boutique REO asset management and disposition solution for community banks. The company says its approach can be sized for each individual lender and is designed to maximize the value of the bank's assets in the shortest amount of time. One key to achieving those results, Stewart says, is starting as early in the process as possible, in the pre-foreclosure stage. That combined with accurately valuing the asset and securing the title from the onset can shave weeks off the disposition cycle.

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CoreLogic Index Shows Home Prices Nearly 7% Below a Year Ago

Despite a declining share of REO and short sales, and a seasonal increase in non-distressed sales, CoreLogic says home prices in June came in 6.8 percent below June 2010. Even with fewer distressed properties changing hands, short sale and REO transactions are weighing heavy on the overall market numbers. CoreLogic's data show that when distressed sales are excluded from the equation, the year-over-year price decline narrows to 1.1 percent. On a monthly basis, CoreLogic reports that home prices edged up 0.7 percent from May to June.

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Safeguard Announces Executive and Management Appointments

Safeguard Properties, one of the largest privately held mortgage field services companies in the country, has announced four new appointments to its executive and management teams. Scott Wilson has been named to the newly created position of VP of property preservation. Amitha Rao now serves as director of enterprise information management. Dennis Hoye has taken on the role of corporate controller, and Adam Szczesniak has been appointed director of infrastructure services.

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