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Foreclosure Inventory Plunges Nearly 30%

The nation's foreclosure inventory has contracted for 18 consecutive months and is now at its lowest point since the end of 2008, totaling 1.28 million loans, or just 2.54 percent of today's active mortgages, according to Lender Processing Services. The company's latest report assessing the performance of mortgage assets through the end of October shows the industry's foreclosure inventory rate has plummeted 29.61 percent from last year.

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Is Tighter Credit for the Better?

It's no secret underwriting standards have tightened in recent years, and while many decry the heightened standards for making homeownership less accessible to some Americans, an economist with CoreLogic points out in a report released Wednesday that heightened standards are, without question, impacting delinquencies for the better, with 2013 vintage loans carrying a serious delinquency rate of just six basis points.

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Private-Public Collaboration Results in 8M Foreclosure Preventions

Collaboration between the private and public sectors has resulted in 8 million non-foreclosure solutions completed for at-risk families since 2007, according to HOPE NOW, a voluntary alliance of mortgage servicers, investors, mortgage insurers, and nonprofit housing counselors. Over the last six years, the mortgage industry has completed more than 6.71 million total permanent loan modifications, while short sales total approximately 1.39 million since December 2009.

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California Foreclosures Tick Up but Remain Lower Than Last Year

Foreclosures edged up over the month of October in California with notices of default increasing 15.3 percent, notices of trustee sale rising 4.1 percent, and foreclosure sales up 3.9 percent, according to PropertyRadar. All three indicators, though, were down more than 45 percent from October 2012, with foreclosure sales hovering near record lows. However, a closer look at foreclosure sales reveals a decline in sales to third parties and an increase in REO sales.

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Furloughed Government Workers Elevate Unemployment Rate to 7.3%

Some 204,000 Americans found work in October, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday morning. Yet with the number of public employees counted as unemployed or temporarily laid off as a result of the federal government shutdown last month, the national unemployment rate rose to 7.3 percent, up from 7.2 percent in September. Job gains for both August and September were revised upward, adding a combined 60,000 more to the workforce.

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Delinquency Study Indicates Housing Is Nearing Pre-Crisis Norms

Delinquency and foreclosure data reveals the housing market is heading back to pre-crisis norms, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's latest National Delinquency Survey. The percentage of home loans in delinquency or foreclosure was 9.75 percent as of the third quarter, the lowest level in about five years, according to the trade group's report. Likewise, foreclosure starts, at just 0.6 percent, are approaching pre-crisis levels.

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Fannie Mae’s Portfolio Continues to Shrink

Fannie Mae released its September book of business, revealing further declines as new acquisitions came to their lowest level in more than a year. The GSE's book of business totaled $3.163 trillion as of the end of September, shrinking at a compound annual rate of 1.3 percent. The company's single-family serious delinquency rate slipped to 2.55 percent.

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Serious Delinquencies Hit Five-Year Milestone

Mortgage delinquencies are on the decline, according to a report from Equifax. Home finance write-offs so far this year total $96.3 billion, down 22 percent from last year. The balance of mortgages in severe delinquency--those 90 or more days past due--is less than $300 million for the first time in five years, and Equifax's Amy Crews Cutts says current trends suggest we'll be at pre-recession levels of severe delinquencies by the end of 2014.

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Number of U.S. Mortgages Going Unpaid = 4,594,000

Lender Processing Services provided the media with a first look at the company's mortgage performance statistics for the month of September. The industry's foreclosure inventory continued its downward trend, and while delinquencies were up slightly from the previous month, they were down when comparing the numbers year-over-year. All-in-all, there are 4,594,000 mortgages going unpaid in the United States.

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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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