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California Accounts for Nearly 25% of Suspect Foreclosure Rescue Scams

Nearly one-quarter of calls from homeowners who believe they are victims of a foreclosure rescue scam originate in California, according to statistics released by the Homeownership Preservation Foundation (HPF), which operates a national hotline to direct homeowners to accredited counseling services. While California's reported fraudulent activity was significantly higher than other states, only Los Angeles ranked in the top five cities, indicating that purported scam activity isn't concentrated in any one area of the state.

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CitiMortgage Hosts Foreclosure Prevention Event in Miami

CitiMortgage and Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida will host a free homeowner outreach event in Miami for distressed homeowners on Wednesday. Part of the Citi Road to Recovery Homeowner Assistance Series, the event is open to all homeowners who are struggling with mortgage payments.

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Lawmakers from Both Sides Rally for Housing Counseling Funding

Four senators have drafted a letter they intend to send to key policymakers advocating for the return of federal dollars to HUD's housing counselor program. Congress eliminated funding slated for the federal program, which supports counseling efforts for foreclosure prevention, back in April as part of the 2011 budget resolution. Sens. Akaka, Menendez, Snowe, and Rockefeller are asking that $87.5 million be included in the 2012 budget to fund the HUD program, and they're soliciting their Senate colleagues for additional support.

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CitiMortgage Hosts Foreclosure Prevention Event in Los Angeles Area

CitiMortgage and Los Angeles Neighborhood Housing Services will host a free homeowner outreach event for distressed homeowners in Torrance, California on Tuesday. Part of the Citi Road to Recovery Homeowner Assistance Series, the event is open to all homeowners needing help with their mortgage payments.

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First-Quarter Data Show Consumer Distress Beginning to Ease

The nonprofit counseling agency CredAbility released the results of its first-quarter Consumer Distress Index Thursday. While the average U.S. household is still in financial distress - and has been for 10 consecutive quarters - the agency says the index has hit its highest score in two and a half years. CredAbility attributed the positive movement to the fact that employment levels rose and consumers now have a better handle on managing household budgets. On the flip side, the score dropped in the housing category.

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City of Las Vegas to Host Home Rescue Fair

Las Vegas residents facing foreclosure can receive help during a Home Rescue Fair this Friday and Saturday at the Palace Station Hotel Casino. Sponsored by the city of Las Vegas, the event was organized by Housing for Nevada and the Alliance for Stabilizing Communities, with the support of Bank of America.

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Code 3 Realty Introduces Foreclosure Prevention Teleconferences

California's Code 3 Realty & Mortgage Inc. will begin foreclosure prevention conference calls this month to provide information to homeowners facing foreclosure, as well as owners and renters occupying homes after they have been foreclosed. While many real estate companies host foreclosure prevention workshops for distressed homeowners, Code 3 contends that attendance at these events is usually low because foreclosure is such a sensitive topic and can be embarrassing for many. The company believes telephone conferences offer a discrete alternative.

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Minnesota Home Ownership Center Partners with Fannie Mae

Struggling Minnesota homeowners with loans owned by Fannie Mae can now expect faster response times to their mortgage situations. The Minnesota Home Ownership Center recently partnered with the GSE to accelerate the mortgage resolution process. The Center's counselors will work directly with Fannie Mae staff on behalf of borrowers to find solutions. Assistance is free of charge.

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Study Finds Counseling Increases Chances for Loan Modification

Homeowners who participate in default counseling are more likely to have their loans modified, according to a study from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). Policymakers have increasingly turned to education and counseling to remedy problems that impede borrowers' ability to make their mortgage payments, but the trade group's report comes on the heels of federal budget cuts that have eliminated $88 million to fund HUD's counseling program.

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NeighborWorks Receives $2M from Bank of America

NeighborWorks America has received a $2 million grant from Bank of America to support the organization's foreclosure counseling efforts and fund training for local nonprofit professionals. NeighborWorks says the funding will help its network of community-based counselors create and preserve homeownership assets for 250,000 families.

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