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LPS: Foreclosure Starts Plummet in October

Foreclosure starts fell even further in October after a steep drop in September, according to data from Lender Processing Services (LPS). In October, foreclosure starts numbered about 124,000, which represents a 22 percent decline from September to October and a 48 percent decrease from October 2011. LPS explained the plunge in foreclosure starts was likely driven by new borrower notification requirements outlined in the national mortgage settlement. However, LPS believes the influence of the national mortgage settlement will not have a lasting effect.

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YouWalkAway Explores Politics of Strategic Default

A foreclosure agency says borrowers may be encouraged to strategically default because they expect housing policies won't change over the next four years. In a survey of YouWalkAway.com customers, 47 percent said they believe the Obama administration had no effect on the foreclosure crisis. Due to the perception that housing issues are not a priority for the current administration, YouWalkAway says underwater homeowners who were previously undecided about strategically defaulting are choosing to do so given the election results.

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Servicers Provide $26.1B in Mortgage Relief Through Settlement

Five mortgage servicers--Bank of America, Chase, Citi, Wells Fargo, and Ally--have provided over 300,000 borrowers with some form of mortgage relief as part of a settlement agreement, according to a report from settlement monitor Joseph A. Smith, Jr. As of September 30, 2012, the banks reported they have provided $26.1 billion in actual consumer relief. Short sales accounted for $13.13 billion of that amount. Part of the settlement agreement requires the banks to provide $20 billion in relief, but the servicers are not always credited on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

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Foreclosures Rise in October But Vary Regionally

Foreclosure rates increased on a monthly basis in October but remain well below last year's levels, according to the latest U.S. Foreclosure Market Report from RealtyTrac. Taking a closer look at market-level data, RealtyTrac found vast disparities in foreclosure activity across the nation. At a national level, foreclosures increased 3 percent in October, but they remain 19 percent lower than they were last October. In fact, despite the monthly increase, October is the third consecutive month in which an annual decrease in foreclosure starts took place.

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California Dual-Tracking Ban Leads to Spike in Cancelled Foreclosures

A specific provision in California's Homeowner Bill of Rights may have led to a surge in foreclosure cancellations, according to a report from ForeclosureRadar. Foreclosure cancellations in California spiked 62.1 percent from September to October and 36.7 percent over a one-year period, data from ForeclosureRadar revealed. The jump from September to October is the largest monthly increase since the data provider began tracking foreclosures in September 2006.

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Foreclosure Starts Reach 2007 Levels, LPS Explains Rise in Delinquencies

In September, the nation's delinquency rate suddenly spiked 7.7 percent from August, according to data from Lender Processing Services (LPS). The data provider explained the surge in its recent Mortgage Monitor report for September. For one, first time delinquencies increased by about 200,000 from the month before as more borrowers rolled into 30 day delinquency status. Despite the increase, other numbers were still down. Foreclosure starts hit their lowest level since September 2007 and were down 27.9 percent yearly.

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HUD Offers Disaster Relief for Victims in New York and New Jersey

HUD secretary Shaun Donovan announced the department is working to speed up federal disaster assistance to areas in New York and New Jersey following the passage of the storm. HUD is also granting a 90-day forbearance on foreclosures of home mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).

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DataQuick: 40 Out of 42 Counties Post Monthly Price Gains

In September, home prices improved in nearly all of the largest counties throughout the United States as tracked by DataQuick. According to the company's new Property Intelligence Report (PIR), home prices grew in 40 out of 42 counties month-over-month, while prices improved in all 42 counties from the previous quarter and over the last year. DataQuick suggested the PIR is displaying evidence the recovery in housing is underway, but the PIR found an uneven recovery, with some areas facing risk factors, such as high REO inventory.

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Agents Suggest Banks May Be Holding onto REOs

A sharp drop in distressed sales is one of the main drivers behind the steady rise in home prices seen in certain areas throughout the country, according to the monthly Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance HousingPulse survey. In September, the HousingPulse Distressed Property Index (DPI) hit a record low of 38.6 percent based on a three-month moving average. HousingPulse respondents reported major banks seem to be keeping many REO properties off the market this year, but suggested banks may look to release ""significant amounts"" of bank-owned properties next year, which could lead to lower home prices. When real estate agents were asked about the impact of the upcoming national elections, responses were mixed.

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