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HUD to Re-Foreclose on REO Homes in Michigan

HUD says foreclosures will have to be re-filed on some of its REO homes due to a Michigan court ruling. In April, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued a judgment stating that MERS does not meet the requirements under state statute to act as the foreclosing agent in non-judicial proceedings. HUD says most of the major title insurers in Michigan have ceased issuing title insurance for any repossessed properties involving MERS and a non-judicial foreclosure. The agency is directing mortgagees to re-foreclosure on any affected homes to cure the title defect.

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First Guaranty Mortgage Looks to Accelerate Resale of REO Properties

First Guaranty Mortgage Corp. (FGMC) recently partnered with APD Solutions and Home Depot to launch an initiative aimed at accelerating the resale of REO properties and rebuilding the housing stock nationwide. Coined ""Rebuild the Dream,"" the initiative seeks to reduce the time cycle on the sale of bank-owned homes and improve sale prices by providing incentives to homebuyers and real estate selling agents to use rehabilitation loans to increase the value and appeal of REO properties.

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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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States Threaten High-Dollar Lawsuits in Settlement Power Play

Negotiation talks continued this week between state attorneys general and the nation's largest mortgage servicers to settle robo-signing allegations, and those on the states' side of the table began throwing out big numbers to convince servicers they should ante up. Attorneys general advised representatives from the five largest servicing shops that they would be on the hook for at least $17 billion from civil lawsuits alone if the two parties don't reach a settlement agreement.

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U.S. Bank Agrees to Pay $1.2M in HUD Settlement

Under the terms of a settlement reached with HUD late last week, U.S. Bank will pay $1.2 million to resolve allegations that it failed to comply with Federal Housing Administration (FHA) requirements in connection with 27 mortgage loans. U.S. Bank is the FHA's eighth largest mortgage lender. U.S. Bank did not admit any liability, but HUD documented losses of more than $465,000 in relation to these loans.

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FHA Encourages Servicers to Report Loan Modifications

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) recently announced a new mechanism that encourages servicers to report non-incentivized loan modifications using the agency's online system. A mortgagee letter will make this reporting a requirement in the future. FHA warns that servicers who miss the 60-day window for filing an incentive claim should still report modification terms or they may incur monetary damages by delaying future claims activity after the original loan maturity date automatically terminates the FHA insurance.

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New Mortgage Disclosure Form to Help Safeguard Against Default: CFPB

The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) aims to avert at least one hitch in the home loan process that some market experts say started a whirlwind of mortgage delinquencies - ensuring consumers have a clear understanding of the cost associated with their mortgage. CFPB unveiled two prototypes for a new regulatory disclosure form Wednesday that the agency will begin testing this week. Each of the prototypes combines the two-page TILA disclosure and the three-page RESPA disclosure into a single, abbreviated form.

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California Non-Profit to Purchase Foreclosed Properties with HUD Grant

California's Inland Empire Economic Recovery Corporation (IEERC) recently announced it will receive a $1 million grant from HUD. The non-profit, which works to stabilize real estate values in distressed neighborhoods, will use the grant to purchase and rehabilitate foreclosed properties. IEERC recently made its first offer to purchase 34 foreclosed houses from Fannie Mae.

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Attorneys General in Settlement Talks with Mortgage Servicers

State attorneys general are holding meetings with the nation's largest mortgage servicers this week to negotiate a settlement agreement for the robo-signing issues that surfaced last fall. The most controversial piece of the AGs initial proposal - mandated principal write-downs - has reportedly been dropped from the discussions. The primary issue now is the amount of fines to be levied, which the states want to use to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure.

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HUD’s Inventory of REOs More Than Double a Year Ago

HUD has released a report detailing recent business activity at the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). It shows that the federal agency's inventory of REO homes has ballooned as sales from this portfolio fell sharply during the final months of 2010 and early part of this year. The number of repossessed single-family properties held at the end of February 2011 was 68,801. That figure represents an increase of more than 50 percent from a year earlier.

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