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LRES Implements New REO System of Operations

LRES, a national provider of residential and commercial valuations and asset management for the mortgage, banking, credit union, and real estate industries, announced a new real estate owned (REO) operating model. The model is expected to increase efficiency and accommodate new clients.

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Fannie Mae Increases Incentives to Purchase REO Properties

Fannie Mae announced Thursday that homebuyers can now receive up to 3.5 percent in closing cost assistance. The help is available within the FirstLook period of Fannie Mae’s HomePath properties in 27 states. The incentive will offer qualified buyers up to 3.5 percent of the final sales price to pay closing costs.

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Foreclosures Rise in January; Decline Yearly

RealtyTrac released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for January, 2014. The report noted an 8 percent increase of reported properties from the previous month, citing 124,419 properties in foreclosure filings (default notices, scheduled auctions, and bank repossessions). Year-to-year, January, 2014 represented an 18 percent drop from January, 2013.

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Vectra FS, Valuation Vision Introduce RepairSmart BPO

Vectra Field Services, a provider of pre-foreclosure and REO mortgage field services, and Valuation Vision, a company specializing in alternative valuation products and technology solutions, together announced the launch of RepairSmart BPO, a new property valuation report.

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Price Gains to Diminish as REO Inventories Dissipate

CoreLogic anticipates a substantial deceleration in home price gains this year. In fact, the firm predicts home price gains will fall just below the long-term historical norm of 4.5 percent appreciation annually, which has been maintained since 1975.

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New CFPB Rules Create Stifling Credit Conditions

Mortgage Markets Today

Joining the broadcast today to discuss the new qualified mortgage rules is Chris Whalen, Executive Vice President and Managing Director for Carrington Holding Company. Carrington operates in virtually every aspect of the real estate and mortgage space. Chris currently writes ...

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Recovery Expected to Enter ‘Middle Innings’ in 2014

home prices

While the housing market is still far from “normal,” it is inching that way, according to a report released Thursday from Zillow. Last year’s skyrocketing home price appreciation, frenzied demand from investors, and high tide of negative equity are all expected to subside somewhat this year, according to the real estate company. A number of unsettling trends started to emerge as a result of rapid and ultimately unsustainable appreciation last year, according to Zillow, but markets that posted the highest price gains in 2013 are already slowing.

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Housing Recovery Unmoved by Rising Interest Rates

Mortgage rates may be rising, but the housing market doesn’t seem to mind. In fact, several indicators have improved alongside rising rates, according to the HousingPulse Tracking Survey released this week. The lending atmosphere is becoming friendlier, especially to first-time buyers. Simultaneously, the average time on market for non-distressed properties and the average sales-to-list price ratio both improved year-over-year in December.

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