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Servicers with Widespread Paperwork Errors May Face Regulatory Fines

Federal banking regulators are in the process of conducting an in-depth review of foreclosure practices at the nation's largest mortgage servicers, which includes on-site evaluations and examinations of loan files. Officials say in cases where problems are found, regulators will require lenders and servicers to correct not only the faulty documents but the faulty systems that allowed them to occur. One Federal Reserve governor says institutions with ""widespread problems"" could also be subject to fees and penalties.

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Are the Days of Rock-Bottom Mortgage Rates Behind Us?

Mortgage interest rates rose dramatically this week, after lingering around half-century lows for months. The upsurge comes just two weeks after the Federal Reserve announced plans to purchase another $600 billion in Treasury securities, a move that is meant to hold interest rates down. Rates are still extremely low by historical standards, but the sharp increases seen in just one week's time - long-term rates jumped by about 20 basis points in two separate industry studies - serve as an abrupt reminder that trends can reverse on a dime.

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Mortgage Apps Suffer Largest Drop of the Year as Rates Jump

Consumer demand for home loans plummeted last week as mortgage rates shot up against the backdrop of the Federal Reserve's announcement to pump more money into the economy - an initiative that's designed to keep interest rates low. The total volume of new mortgage applications sank 14.4 percent. It's the biggest week-to-week drop of 2010 and the lowest reading in four months. Rates for 30-year fixed mortgages rose 18 basis points during the one-week period, but analysts say it's too soon to conclude the Fed got it wrong.

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Mortgage Rates Set New Record Lows in Freddie Mac Survey

Interest rates on home loans sunk to new lows this week, according to figures released by Freddie Mac Thursday. The GSE surveyed 125 lenders across the country and found that rates on 30-year mortgages are now averaging 4.17 percent, while the average rate for 15-year loans dropped to 3.57 percent. The GSE's chief economist expressed concern that although rates are at their lowest level in more than a half century, they've done little to pull would-be buyers from the sidelines as the housing recovery continues to slow.

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Mortgage Applications Increase for Both Purchases and Refinances

The number of applications submitted by consumers for mortgage loans rose last week, as interest rates held low. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reported that applications for home purchases were up 5.5 percent from one week earlier, marking their third consecutive weekly increase. MBA's index for refinance applications also rose, jumping 6.0 percent from the previous week.

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Current Mortgages Turning Delinquent Rises for First Time in a Year

During the third quarter, 2.7 percent of current mortgage balances transitioned into delinquency, according to the New York Federal Reserve. That's up from 2.6 percent that became newly delinquent in the second quarter. Fed officials called the increase ""slight"" but noted that the rise follows a full year of declines in new delinquencies. According to the federal bank's report, about 457,000 individuals received home foreclosure notices on their credit reports between July 1 and September 30, 2010.

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MBA and Others Send Letter to Fed Regarding Consumer Disclosures

The Mortgage Bankers Association and six other industry groups sent a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Monday, voicing their concern that the Fed, which has jurisdiction over the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), and HUD, which oversees the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), will create regulatory rules that overlap. The Dodd-Frank Act created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which will be overseen by yet another agency, the Treasury, and will have regulatory authority over consumer disclosures.

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Credit Crunch Easing, but Lending Standards Still Tight for Mortgages

The Federal Reserve says both large and small banks are beginning to ease back on their credit requirements for ""some categories of loans"" to households and businesses. However, standards continue to tighten on prime mortgages and home-equity loans, particularly at smaller institutions. According to the Federal Reserve's study, consumer demand for residential mortgages decreased during the three months ending in October compared to earlier survey periods, with the falloff again most evident at smaller banks.

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Industry’s Mortgage Rate Reports Show Mixed Results

Freddie Mac's report on mortgage interest rates this week says long-term 30-year rates rose slightly, while 15-year rates eased and short-term adjustable-rate mortgages set new lows. A separate study from Bankrate claims mortgage interest rates dropped across the board to record lows. On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve announced another injection of $600 billion into the nation's sluggish economy, but it remains to be seen if this is enough to push Treasury yields and mortgage rates lower, and if so, by how much.

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Fed to Buy $600B in Securities to Hold Interest Rates Low

The Federal Reserve decided Wednesday to pump another $600 billion into the economy in the hopes of bolstering what it called a ""disappointingly slow"" recovery. The capital injection will come in the form of purchases of long-term Treasury securities by the central bank, about $75 billion a month between now and the end of June 2011. The goal is to buoy economic growth by inducing banks to lend more while keeping interest rates low. If it plays out correctly, the move is expected to spur spending, foster job creation, and keep deflation in check.

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