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Lenders Incur Visible Risk from Hidden Borrower Debt

Over the past few years, lenders and underwriters revamped their standards to reduce risk, but Equifax says there's one challenge many lenders still have difficulty combating--undisclosed debt. In a recent white paper, the credit bureau published results of its research into undisclosed debt and its recommendation for how to deal with this difficult hazard. Ultimately, Equifax said, ""The results are somewhat surprising and disturbing.""

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Analysts Say Government Should Continue ‘Significant’ Role in Housing

Ideally, the government should back up to 35 percent of all new mortgages, according to the median response given in a recent Zillow survey which polled 108 economists, real estate experts, and investment and market strategists. The government currently backs about 90 percent of all new mortgages. The last time the government held a 35 percent share of new originations was in 2006 at the height of the housing bubble.

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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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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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Balance for Seriously Delinquent Mortgages Hits 5-Year Low

The total balance for seriously delinquent first mortgages decreased to a five-year low as rising home prices reduce incentives to default, Equifax stated in its National Consumer Credit Trends Report. In June, the balance of loans 90 days or more past due or in foreclosure fell to $325 billion, down 27 percent from last year when the balance stood at $450 billion. Loans originated in 2010 or later represented about 7 percent of the balance for seriously delinquent mortgages.

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Equifax: Home Finance Write-Offs Down to 5-Year Low

Home finance balances written off in the first quarter fell to a five-year low, according to Equifax's National Consumer Credit Trends report for March. The balance for home finance write-offs, which includes loans that completed the foreclosure process, transitioned into REO status, entered bankruptcy, or were charged off by the lender, decreased to $43.1 billion in the first quarter of this year. The balance represents a 22 percent decline from $55.4 billion in Q1 2012.

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Nationstar Announces Acquisition of Equifax Settlement Services

Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc., a large Texas-based residential mortgage services company, announced the acquisition of Equifax Settlement Services Holding, LLC (ESS) Thursday. Nationstar said the acquisition occurred February 6 and revealed plans to combine ESS with its Solutionstar platform and rebrand ESS as Solutionstar Settlement Services.

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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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