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Fidelity National Requires Lenders to Vouch for Foreclosure Accuracy

Fidelity National Financial, the nation's largest title insurer, will soon begin requiring lenders to provide the company with an indemnity agreement that guarantees the accuracy of their foreclosure documentation before Fidelity will insure the title of a repossessed home. The new policy was prompted by the recent foreclosure freezes enacted by at least five major mortgage servicers and disclosures of errors made in the processing of foreclosure paperwork, and is effective for all foreclosure sales closing on or after November 1.

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Nation’s Biggest Banks Each Hold over $20B in Foreclosures: Report

New data released this week shows that the nation's largest banks are holding monstrous volumes of soured home loans. According to an analysis by Weiss Ratings, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo each reported more than $20 billion in single-family mortgages currently foreclosed or in the process of foreclosure as of midyear. In addition, for each dollar these banks held of mortgages in foreclosure, there were another $2 in loans in the pipeline that were 30 days or more past due.

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NAHREP Honors Advisory Team Members with Founders’ Awards

The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), a non-profit trade association dedicated to increasing the homeownership rate among Latinos, recently honored Glenda Gabriel and Craig Nickerson with the 2010 NAHREP Founders' Award. The awards were presented at the NAHREP/AREAA Real Estate & Marketing Conference last week. Gabriel, SVP at Bank of America, and Nickerson, president of the National Community Stabilization Trust (NCST), are members of the association's national board and leadership advisory teams.

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House Committee to Investigate Mortgage Servicing Problems

The House Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity will hold a hearing on the industry's foreclosure paperwork errors when Congress reconvenes next month. Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who chairs the subcommittee, expressed disappointment in Bank of America and GMAC Mortgage for lifting their foreclosure freezes this week. Waters has introduced legislation that would prohibit a bank from initiating foreclosure proceedings without offering the homeowner loss mitigation.

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New York Courts First to Institute New Foreclosure Filing Requirement

The New York state court system has instituted a new filing requirement that officials say will prevent wrongful foreclosures and protect the integrity of the process. Lenders' counsel are now required to file an affirmation certifying that they have reviewed and verified the accuracy of foreclosure documents. The new mandate is in response to recent disclosures by major mortgage lenders of potential deficiencies in notarization and so-called ""robosigning"" of supporting paperwork.

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GMAC Mortgage to Move Forward with Foreclosures

GMAC Mortgage was the first company to halt foreclosures in 23 states because of concerns that the legal paperwork was not validated and processed correctly. After two months of reviewing individual case files, the company says it will restart foreclosure proceedings. Bank of America has also lifted its foreclosure suspension in 23 states. While both companies say they have found no instances in which a homeowner was wrongly foreclosed upon, at least one county sheriff in the judicial state of Illinois says he's not going to carry out their evictions until they provide further proof.

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Bank of America Loses $7.3 Billion in Third Quarter

Bank of America said Tuesday that it lost $7.3 billion during the three-month period ending in September. The company attributed the deficit to new financial reform regulations related to credit and debit card payments. On the mortgage side of its business, though, the company is seeing improvements. Mortgage banking income jumped 95 percent last quarter, the ratio of nonperforming loans and assets declined, and no sizeable losses are expected from the company's foreclosure suspension and affidavit problems.

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Bank of America and Fidelity National Reach Agreement for REOs

Bank of America and Fidelity National Financial have come to an agreement regarding the foreclosure paperwork issues that have plagued several of the largest lenders in the past weeks. Fidelity will continue to provide title insurance for BofA's foreclosed properties and defend new homeowners in court if title issues arise. The bank has agreed to cover all court related costs and settlements resulting from lawsuits surrounding title issues. The news comes just as Bank of America has announced that it will resume foreclosures in 23 judicial states beginning October 25th.

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Mortgage-Related Casualties Tally 49 for the Third Quarter: Report

During the third quarter, 49 mortgage-related companies went under or closed down part of their operations, according to industry data released Tuesday. Organizational shake-ups were felt at even the nation's largest lenders. One top-four bank put the brakes on its subprime lending business, while the country's No. 1 lender abandoned mortgage broker originations. As of the end of September, industry casualties for the year tallied 158. However, overall mortgage-related failures this year are on track to subside from 2009.

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NAR Meets with Major Lenders on Short Sales and REO Disposition

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is holding meetings with the nation's four largest lenders to address growing concerns about their processes for short sales and selling REO homes. The trade group's leadership team has already met with representatives from Bank of America and Wells Fargo to discuss, as NAR put it, ""the problems Realtors face every day when working to get deals to the closing table."" Meetings are scheduled later this year with Chase Home Mortgage and CitiMortgage.

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