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Field Asset Services Expands Executive Team

Field Asset Services (FAS), an Austin-based provider of field services to the REO industry, recently added three members to its executive team. Karen Glasgow was hired as SVP of client operations, Loetta Arrington was promoted to SVP of business development, and Terry Sadowski was appointed chief marketing officer.

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Terranova Assists Strained Community Banks with Distressed Assets

The Terranova Group has launched a program to purchase troubled assets from the portfolios of community banks while raising capital to support the banks' stability and recovery. After conducting an analysis of a bank's REO portfolio and nonperforming assets, Terranova will advise and execute a disposition strategy in which the troubled assets are acquired from the bank's portfolio.

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Pending Home Sales Surge Unexpectedly in October

Industry data released Thursday showed that the number of contracts signed for home purchases climbed in October. The news came as a surprise to analysts and industry professionals who have been anticipating a continued falloff in buyer demand due to the typical seasonal slowdown in home sales, compounded by concerns that servicers' affidavit problems could muddy some transactions. The National Association of Realtors says its gauge of pending sales for previously owned homes rose 10.4 percent.

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Distressed Homes 25% of Third-Quarter Sales: RealtyTrac

New data released by RealtyTrac Thursday shows that distressed homes - including those in default, scheduled for foreclosure auction, and REO - accounted for 25 percent of all U.S. residential sales during the third quarter. These properties sold at an average of 32 percent below the price of their non-distressed counterparts. The company tracked 113,933 REO sales during the July to September period and 74,815 pre-foreclosure, typically short sale, transactions.

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Las Vegas Home Sales Drop Nearly 22% from Year-Ago Levels

The Las Vegas region experienced a dip in home sales and median sale price in October, according to new figures from MDA DataQuick. A total of 3,961 new and resale houses and condos sold in the Las Vegas-Paradise metro area in October, down 7.4 percent from September and down 21.8 percent from a year earlier. The overall median sale price for all new and resale houses and condos sold in the region dropped nearly 4 percent from a year ago to its lowest level in more than a decade.

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S&P Case-Shiller Index Records Broad-Based Declines in Home Prices

Home prices in the United States fell 2.0 percent in the third quarter of 2010, breaking what had been a trend of fairly steady gains since early last year, Standard & Poor's reported Tuesday. The company's closely watched national index had recorded quarter-over-quarter increases in four of the last five three-month periods, including a 4.7 percent rise in the second quarter of this year. Many analysts are expecting that dreaded double dip to set in before next spring.

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Valuation Provider Adds Home Price Trends to BPOs

The Texas-based valuation firm eMortgage Logic (EML) said Tuesday that the company has aligned itself with what EML describes as a ""leading real estate analytics innovator"" to provide clients with a complimentary home price trends chart. This visual aid will now appear on all broker price opinions (BPOs) to illustrate the dynamics of the subject market's volatility.

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Fannie and Freddie Restart Frozen REO Sales

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have instructed their selling agents to move forward with transactions involving foreclosed properties in cases where sales were suspended due to potential problems with the legal paperwork. The GSEs were forced to temporarily halt the sale of certain properties when news surfaced that some of the nation's largest servicers had been employing so-called robo-signers. Now that case reviews have uncovered no evidence of improper foreclosures, Fannie and Freddie are moving to proceed with REO sales.

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Phoenix Metro Area Home Sales Stagger in October

According to MDA DataQuick, which tracks real estate trends nationally via public property records, Phoenix-area home sales dropped to their lowest level for an October in 15 years. The decline is attributed to low new-home transactions, the slow economic recovery, and the market lull created by the homebuyer tax credits. A total of 6,903 new and resale houses and condos sold during October in the combined Maricopa-Pinal counties metropolitan area, down 6.2 percent from the month before and down 24.6 percent from a year earlier.

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Massachusetts Foreclosures Decline, Home Sales Drop

The Warren Group reports that year-over-year foreclosure petitions and deeds decreased in the Bay State during October. It was the first time this year that both petitions and deeds fell in Massachusetts. Foreclosure petitions plunged nearly 51 percent from October 2009 to 1,127 last month, the first month since January they have dropped below 2,000. Home sales also fell in October, down more than 28 percent. It's the fourth straight month of year-over-year sales declines.

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