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October New Home Sales Dip After Downward Revision for September

New home sales barely budged in October, dropping 0.37 percent to 368,000 after September’s report was revised sharply downward from an original 389,000 to 369,000, Census Bureau and HUD reported Wednesday. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg expected the report to show a sales pace of 387,000.

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SECU Assists Members Through State Foreclosure Prevention Program

Through a state foreclosure prevention effort known as the Mortgage Payment Program (MPP), the State Employees' Credit Union (SECU) announced it has helped nearly 500 members receive program benefits. MPP was formed through the N.C. Foreclosure Prevention Fund and helps struggling homeowners who are falling behind on payments due to no-fault job loss or other hardships such as divorce, illness, or death of a co-signer. As part of the program, homeowners are offered zero-interest loans for a maximum of $36,000 to cover mortgage and related expenses up to 36 months.

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Freddie Mac Mandates Servicer Participation in State Mortgage Programs

Freddie Mac has notified servicers that they are required to take part in mortgage assistance programs offered by state Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) in connection with the federal government's Hardest Hit Fund initiative. The GSE says collaboration with state HFAs will provide additional support for servicers' efforts and ""our mutual commitment"" to help at-risk borrowers avoid foreclosure. HFA programs provide funds to servicers which may be applied to such criteria as loan-to-value ratios in order to help borrowers qualify for a modification.

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California Expands Its Homeowner Relief Program

California is relaxing some of its eligibility restrictions and increasing the amount of assistance it provides struggling homeowners through its mortgage assistance program. Keep Your Home California is a $2 billion initiative funded by the federal government through the California Housing Finance Agency. Changes to the various sub-programs include an extension of the time period during which unemployed homeowners receive assistance and expanding eligibility to those who own more than one property.

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Illinois Announces $345M Mortgage Assistance Program for Unemployed

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced a program last week that he says will help approximately 15,000 homeowners threatened by foreclosure. The Illinois Hardest Hit program utilizes $345 million in federal funds to support families who are having trouble making their mortgage payments due to unemployment or underemployment. Eligible participants will receive up to $25,000 over 18 months as a 10-year loan to keep their mortgages current. The loan is forgiven over the last five years of the 10-year term and carries zero interest.

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U.S. Downgrade: How Will It Impact Housing Fundamentals?

Congress' last-minute accord to avert a default wasn't enough to save the United States' top rating from Standard & Poor's. The agency downgraded the long-term credit rating of the U.S. to AA+, a grade just below the AAA rating the U.S. had held for 70 years. Analysts were expecting a temporary spike in Treasury yields, which are closely tied to mortgage rate trajectories, but investors responded with a rush on Treasuries, pushing yields down 13 basis points. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Banks also had their S&P ratings lowered to AA+ on Monday.

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Bank of America Signs on to California’s Principal Reduction Program

Bank of America has agreed to participate in Keep Your Home California's principal reduction program, the California Housing Finance Agency announced Wednesday. Principal write-downs offered under the state-run program are part of a $2 billion, federally funded effort to help hard-hit families remain in their homes and ease the California foreclosure crisis. Bank of America has been engaged in a pilot of the principal reduction program since February, and is now moving into full participation.

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Lender Processing Services Launches Mortgage Intelligence Product

Lender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS) has launched a new reporting and analytics solution. The company says mortgage servicers can use the new LPS Business Intelligence (BI) product to measure and analyze performance indicators to help make more informed decisions about loans in their portfolios. With customizable views of loan data, users can identify and predict changes over time and quickly resolve issues that may arise.

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Applications Flood Florida Program for Unemployed Homeowners

In just one week's time, the Florida Housing Finance Corporation has received nearly 9,500 applications from unemployed homeowners seeking financial assistance through the state's Hardest-Hit Fund (HHF) program. Following a successful six-month pilot run in Lee County, the state housing agency launched the program statewide on April 18, making it available to troubled homeowners in all 67 counties. Florida has received more than $1 billion from the U.S. Treasury to fund the program.

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Florida Housing Launches Hardest-Hit Fund Program Statewide

Unemployed or underemployed homeowners in Florida having difficulty paying their mortgages can apply for financial assistance from the Florida Hardest-Hit Fund beginning April 18. The Florida Housing Finance Corporation has been conducting a pilot of its Hardest-Hit foreclosure prevention program since October, and is now opening them up statewide. The agency has made several changes to the program, which is now expected to provide assistance to twice as many homeowners as previously estimated.

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