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Fannie Mae to Retire Payment Reduction Plan at Year-End

Fannie Mae's Payment Reduction Plan (PRP) program will sunset on December 31, 2010. The GSE's PRP program was introduced in 2009 to provide a borrower with temporary payment relief while the servicer and borrower worked together to find a permanent foreclosure prevention solution. According to a notice issued by Fannie on Friday, all PRPs must be initiated by December 31st and must end within six months of commencement, or no later than July 1, 2011.

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S&P Case-Shiller Index Records Widespread Declines in Home Prices

Home prices across the country slipped in August, Standard & Poor's reported Tuesday. The agency's closely-watched gauge of residential property values recorded a 0.1 percent drop in the composite reading of 10 cities tracked, while the 20-city composite posted a 0.2 percent decline. Home prices decreased in 15 of the survey's 20 metropolitan statistical areas on a month-to-month basis. Only Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas, New York, and Washington D.C. posted what S&P called ""marginal improvements.""

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Valuation Companies Release New Land Appraisal Product

Kirchmeyer & Associates and its sister company, Real Info, recently partnered with Valligent to release a new collateral valuation product for appraising vacant residential land. The new solution, ParcelView, is intended to replace or enhance a lender's valuation tools for residential land collateral assessment and is expected to save lenders up to 50 percent compared to traditional land appraisals.

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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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SigniaDocs Announces Automated Process for Warehouse Lending

SigniaDocs, a national eMortgage solutions provider, has developed an automated system for warehouse lending. The company says with its technology, the entire warehouse lending process, from origination to investor purchase and replenish of the warehouse line, is complete within a couple of days, compared to the typical 14 days in the paper world.

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Price Tag for Fannie and Freddie Bailout Could Double: FHFA

Taxpayers' bill for keeping the nation's two largest mortgage firms afloat could more than double between now and 2013, according to the companies' regulator. To date, Fannie and Freddie have drawn $148 billion from the Treasury since they were placed under government control in September 2008. The two GSEs' could need another $73 billion to $215 billion to maintain positive net worth over the next three years. In a worst-case scenario, the overall tab for keeping Fannie and Freddie in business will reach $363 billion.

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Foundation Hotline Offers Help Against Foreclosure Scams

The Homeownership Preservation Foundation has partnered with NeighborWorks America, HUD, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to help prevent foreclosure-rescue scams. The coalition is positioning the Homeowner's HOPE Hotline (1-888-995-HOPE) as a central point of contact for homeowners who think they may be victim of a scam. Information provided to the hotline is used by local, state, and federal agencies to shut down predatory companies victimizing distressed homeowners.

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GSEs Release Appraiser Independence Rules to Replace HVCC

The industry has long been awaiting a replacement for the Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC). On Friday, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac issued new Appraiser Independence Requirements to supplant the controversial HVCC, but both GSEs say the new appraiser rules, effective immediately, ""make no significant changes to core principles of the HVCC."" Fannie and Freddie say they will continue to review the appraisal rules to address issues relating to conflicts of interests and fee disclosure by appraisal management companies.

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Total Mortgage Offers 30-Year Jumbo Loan Rates Below 5%

The jumbo market is seeing significant improvement in interest rates and market liquidity, according to Total Mortgage Services, LLC in Connecticut. The lender and broker is now offering 30-year fixed jumbo mortgages up to $729,000 at a rate of 4.875 percent. This considerable drop in rates has increased the number of purchase and refinance transactions for Total Mortgage Services.

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Congressional Panel Sees Conflicts of Interest from TARP Contractors

The Congressional Oversight Panel has ""significant concerns"" related to accountability and conflicts of interest because of Treasury's extensive use of private contractors to carry out functions for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), particularly foreclosure prevention efforts. The largest TARP contracts were awarded to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Fannie alone employs 600 workers on TARP's foreclosure programs, while Treasury has only 220 staffers working on all TARP programs combined.

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