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Equifax to Buy CSC Credit Services

Out in Atlanta, Equifax Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Equifax Information Services LLC, has entered into an agreement to purchase certain credit services business assets and operations of CSC Credit Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Computer Sciences Corporation.

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Equifax’s Chief Legal Officer to Retire, New Appointment Announced

Equifax Inc. announced Kent E. Mast will be retiring as corporate VP and chief legal officer after a successful 45-year career. Mast joined Equifax in 2000 and has served ever since as the company's general counsel. Stepping up to fill Mast's role is John J. Kelley III. Kelley is currently senior partner at King & Spalding and a member of that firm's corporate practice group.

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FTC Alleges Equifax ‘Improperly’ Sold Information on Late Borrowers

Equifax and its customers reached separate settlements with the FTC, agreeing to pay a total of $1.6 million for improper sale of consumer credit information. The FTC alleges Equifax sold more than 17,000 lists of people who met specific criteria, such as being late on their mortgage payments. Equifax is said to have sold the lists to Direct Lending Source, Inc., which in turn sold the lists to other third parties. The lists included information such as credit scores and detailed how many days past due consumers' mortgage payments were.

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Equifax Sees ‘Turning Point’ in Home Equity Credit Improvements

Home equity installment balances rose 0.3 percent in August--the first monthly increase since November 2007, according to Equifax. After plummeting 49 percent over the past four years to just $143 billion, the company contends August's uptick could signal ""a possible turning point in mortgage demand."" Equifax says amid signs the contraction in mortgage debt is slowing and delinquencies are trending down, it looks like positive growth may finally be taking hold in the mortgage market.

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Mortgage Delinquency Rate Sees Significant Improvement: Equifax

The percentage of first-mortgages 30 days or more past due saw a double digit year-over-year decline, according to a report from Equifax. First-mortgage delinquency rates dropped 15 percent in July 2012 from July 2011. In addition, first mortgage severe derogatory rates, which are mainly loans transitioning to REO status, declined 17 percent year-over-year.

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First Mortgage Delinquencies on Decline

While still elevated compared to historic levels, severely delinquent balances among first mortgages are on the decline, according to Equifax's May National Consumer Credit Trends Report. The May 2012 total of delinquent balances represented $450 billion, a 37 percent decline from the peak of more than $700 billion in January 2010. The biggest drop was seen in severely delinquent (90-plus days) non-agency first mortgage loans, which fell 45 percent to $320 billion in May from its peak of $580 billion in January 2010.

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Equifax Reports Delinquencies Decline in March

Total delinquent first mortgage balances are under $500 billion in March 2012, the lowest since January 2009, according to Equifax's March National Consumer Credit Trends Report and Creditforecast.com, a joint product of Equifax and Moody's Analytics. As of March 2012, the number of outstanding first mortgages was 49.5 million, a nearly 11 percent decrease from the March 2008 peak when it reached more than 55 million. According to the report, the decline was caused by high foreclosures, loan payoffs, and low homebuyer demand.

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Credit Trends Among U.S. Consumers Point to End of Housing Downturn

Consumer credit data suggests spending will increase and the housing market will begin to emerge from its slump this year, according to Equifax and Moody's Analytics. Both companies note that as key market data align with pre-recession totals, consumers should anticipate steady economic growth for major credit sectors, including auto, bank card, and consumer finance. While the mortgage lending sector continues to see the highest percentage of delinquencies, it too is showing signs of increased traction in the coming months.

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Outstanding Mortgage Balances Declined $30B Each Month in 2011

Each month of 2011, outstanding mortgage balances in the U.S. declined by an average of $30 billion, according to a recently released report from Moody's Analytics and Equifax. The report attributes the decline to defaulted loans being written off. Aggregate delinquency rose by 6 basis points in December to 6.12 percent, according to the companies' joint study. The rate remains in line with rates seen since April but has declined since a January high of 8.25 percent.

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