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BofA Weathers Mortgage Losses, Reports $2.5B Profit

Bank of America exhibited healthy growth during the third quarter despite an expected weakening in its mortgage banking operations, according to the company's Q3 earnings report released Wednesday. BofA's third-quarter net income was $2.5 billion, a significant increase compared to $340 million reported for Q3 2012. Its consumer real estate services division, though, reported a net loss of $1 billion.

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Equifax Solution Looks at Past Credit Behavior to Predict Future Default

Equifax announced the availability of Equifax Dimensions, a new product created to deliver a more in-depth picture of past credit behavior to predict future trends. Users of the new solution can see up to two years' worth of detailed consumer credit activity, allowing them to identify consumer patterns such as a borrower's financial ""breaking point"" that will lead to default and which consumers are most likely to open new accounts.

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Incorrect, Outdated Information Most Common Issue on Credit Reports

While 22 percent of Americans admitted they have never checked their credit report, nearly a quarter said they have encountered issues with their credit report, with incorrect or outdated negative marks leading as the main type of problem, according to a recent FindLaw. Overall, 23 percent of Americans said they have had a problem with their credit report, and 10 percent of problems were related to incorrect or outdated information about their credit history, such as delinquency payments, payment history, collection actions, court judgments, and bankruptcies.

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Mortgage Credit Eases as Demand Increases in Q2

The percentage of banks reporting stronger demand for mortgage loans rose in the second quarter, the Federal Reserve reported Monday, with more banks easing lending standards. Those results, revealed in the Fed's Senior Loan Officers Opinion Survey, are consistent with reports that mortgage loans are becoming easier to obtain. While the results suggest a trend in lending standards, they could be misleading: A bank which has tightened standards as much as possible may not necessarily ease them.

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Survey: 22% of Americans Have Never Checked Their Credit Report

Although credit scores play a crucial role in the homebuying process, a recent FindLaw.com survey found nearly a quarter of Americans have never bothered to check their credit report. Overall, 22 percent of the 1,000 adults surveyed said they've never checked their credit report even though credit reporting agencies are required to provide free copies when requested. Out of the 78 percent who said they have checked their credit report, 46 percent checked within the last year.

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U.S. Households Stay Out of Financial Distress for Third Straight Quarter

For the first time since 2008, U.S. households stayed out of financial distress for three consecutive quarters, according to the Consumer Distress Index from CredAbility, a nonprofit counseling agency. In Q4 2012, households scored 71.8 out of 100, an increase from 70.48 in Q3 and 67.60 in Q4 2011. A score below 70 indicates a state of financial distress. Despite the recent improvements, Mark Cole, EVP for CredAbility, warned of threats that still remain.

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Subprime Credit Scores on the Decline

Subprime credit scores are declining across the country with strong declines in a few rebounding markets, according to Equifax. Designating credit scores below 620 as ""subprime,"" Equifax found the number of subprime borrowers decreased 2.1 percent from the third quarter of 2011 to the third quarter of 2012. The 2.1 percent translates to about 1 million Americans who rose from the subprime category. Equifax also found ""early housing-bust markets"" are experiencing improving credit scores as time passes since the worst of the foreclosure crisis.

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Achieving Homeownership After a Foreclosure: Report

Apparently, if one loses his or her home to foreclosure, the waiting period to qualify for another mortgage can easily be another decade. According to a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, a mere 10 percent of borrowers with a history showing a serious delinquency were able to obtain a mortgage again within 10 years. For borrowers who end their mortgage for a reason other than default, they were able to access mortgage credit about two-and-a-half times faster than those who went into default.

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Survey: 32% of Americans Justify Strategic Default

The housing crises seems to have led Americans to take a less critical view of strategic default. According to a recent survey that polled 1,026 U.S. adults, 32 percent stated they believe homeowners should be able to strategically default without facing consequences. The online survey was conducted by JZ Analytics on behalf of ID Analytics.

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