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Zillow Reports Surge in Refi Loan Requests

Amidst the announcement of President Barack Obama’s housing plan, and with mortgage rates reaching historic lows, Seattle-based real estate web site Zillow.com reports record-breaking traffic and loan request activity within its free marketplace for custom mortgage quotes.

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Texas Companies Turn to E-Mods to Prevent Foreclosures

To provide faster service and acceptance of loan restructurings, Wingspan Portfolio Advisors, a Carrollton, Texas firm specializing in saving seriously delinquent loans from foreclosure, has selected electronic mortgage solutions from Houston-based SigniaDocs.

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RealtyTrac Releases Foreclosure Widget

RealtyTrac, a national online marketplace for foreclosure properties based in Irvine, California, and Caspio, Inc., a provider of a Web-based point-and-click platform for creating Web applications, today announced the launch of a new foreclosure Web application that features historical foreclosure activity data by state or by county and a real-time nationwide search of properties in foreclosure.

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Refi Boom Spurs Growth of Online Mortgage Software

With mortgage interest rates hitting historic lows, the refinance boom has put pressure on an industry that is already struggling from slashed jobs, plummeting real estate values, and fewer people buying new homes, forcing mortgage companies to do more with less.

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MDA Automates Portfolio Risk Analysis

Wilmington, Delaware-based MDA Lending Solutions has announced the launch of ARTAdvisor from MDA MindBox. The technology platform provides risk management, from early risk detection through loss mitigation, by automating the review, analysis, and management of any size mortgage portfolio.

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eMASON Announces Fannie Upgrades to Clarifire

Clearwater, Florida-based eMASON, Inc. has announced key product upgrades to its Clarifire application that the company says will provide increased flexibility and expanded capabilities. Clarifire now features certified Fannie Mae loss mitigation business rules for HomeSaver Advance and pre-foreclosure sale workout types, as well as a direct connection to Fannie Mae’s system of record, Home Saver Solutions Network (HSSN).

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Fiserv Adds Third-Party Loans to Servicing Platform

Brookfield, Wisconsin-based Fiserv, Inc. has added management of indirect and third-party loans to its loan servicing platform. The company explained that this single-platform capability broadens the spectrum of loans to be processed and provides online, real-time back-office transactions for financial institutions’ diverse portfolios.

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ELK Upgrades Short Sale Technology

Livonia, Michigan-based ELK Software LLC, a short sale and loan modification software and services provider for the industry, has released version 1.5 of its Web-based Short Sale Commander technology. Among the system’s enhancements are upgrades that simplify data entry and allow users to run a completely paperless short sale business.

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ISGN Announces LenStar Enhancements

Bensalem, Pennsylvania-based ISGN Corporation, a global provider of mortgage solutions and technology products, has announced several new enhancements to its LenStar technology, a web-based attorney and referral communication system for the default management market.

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Companies Partner to Quantify Mortgage Assets' Credit and Collection Risk

Kroll Factual Data and MIAC Analytics have announced an alliance to provide whole loan collateral risk assessment to mortgage investors and risk managers. Colorado-based Kroll Factual Data is a provider of business information solutions to mortgage lenders, consumer lenders, property management firms, and other financial organizations.

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