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HAMP Will Fall Short of Goal with Only 700K Helped: Report

The Obama administration's signature foreclosure prevention program will help only 700,000 Americans save their homes, according to a scathing report released Tuesday by the Congressional Oversight Panel. The group's assessment falls far short of the 3 to 4 million homeowners that the president pledged would receive more sustainable mortgage loans when the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) was launched in March of last year, and is well below the 8 to 13 million foreclosures expected by 2012.

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Bank of America Gets Low Marks for Delinquency Resolution

The time mortgage loan servicers take to resolve delinquent loans through modification or foreclosure varies widely. According to an analysis by Moody's Investors Service, Bank of America has demonstrated the weakest performance measured both by its speed in resolving the status of delinquent loans and by its proportion of delinquent loans that have yet to be resolved. The ratings agency found that GMAC Mortgage, on the other hand, has generally performed better than its peers.

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Pressure Mounts for Fannie and Freddie to Write Down Mortgages

With property values still tumbling, it's no surprise that nearly a quarter of the nation's mortgage borrowers owe more than their home is worth. Industry studies support the consensus that the farther a borrower sinks into negative equity, the more likely they are to throw in the towel. The severity of this catch-22 is now top-of-mind for government officials. The administration is reportedly pressuring Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to make principal write-downs a key component of their foreclosure prevention efforts.

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Industry Completes over 1.5M Loan Mods in First 10 Months of 2010

New data from HOPE NOW shows that the industry completed more than 1.5 million loan modifications for at-risk homeowners from January through October of this year. That translates to an average of 154,000 homeowners per month who have been able to remain in their homes with an affordable loan modification solution. The report makes it clear, though, that there's far more work to be done. HOPE NOW says there are currently 3.4 million homeowners 60 or more days behind on their mortgage payments.

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Wingspan Deploys IndiSoft’s RxOffice Loss Mitigation Module

Wingspan Portfolio Advisors, a specialty and component mortgage servicer focusing on highly delinquent loans, recently started using the loss mitigation module from technology developer IndiSoft's RxOffice platform. IndiSoft says Wingspan will use the system to help borrowers avoid foreclosure through either repayment alternatives or short sales to maximize the value of severely delinquent loans for investors.

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New FTC Rule Aims to Protect Homeowners from Mortgage Relief Scams

A new Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rule bans providers of foreclosure rescue and loan modification services from collecting fees until homeowners have a written offer from their lender or servicer that they decide is acceptable. The rule also requires mortgage relief companies to provide their clients with a document describing the key changes to the mortgage that would result if the consumer accepts the offer. They must also remind consumers of their right to reject the offer without any charge.

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D.C. Mayor Signs Emergency Act to Slow Foreclosures

In another attempt to save struggling homeowners from avoidable evictions, Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has signed an emergency act that amends several sections of the District of Columbia Official Code. Most prominent in the new piece of legislation is the addition of a ""foreclosure mediation"" section, which has specific requirements banks must meet before proceeding with a foreclosure. Foreclosure sales resulting from a process that skipped a step or proceeded incorrectly will be considered void.

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New York City Comptroller Wants Banks to Perform Independent Audits

New York City Comptroller John C. Liu has called on the directors at Bank of America, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase and Citigroup to conduct an independent audit of their mortgage and foreclosure practices. Liu, who is a trustee of the New York City Pension Funds called upon the banks to perform the audit on behalf of the group.

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HAMP’s Progress Remains Sluggish, Officials See Other Gains in Housing

Fewer than 500,000 homeowners have received permanent assistance through the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and are still current on their new payments. During the month of October, only 23,750 permanent modifications were granted. Many have called HAMP's results disappointing, but administration officials assert that the full spectrum of housing policies have helped bring stability to a very challenging housing market.

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IndiSoft’s RxOffice Now Supports eSignatures

IndiSoft now supports electronic signatures with its RxOffice Document Management platform. The company says RxOffice increases the speed of default management processes by allowing users to execute documents without printing, signing, and scanning. The technology is compliant with federal and state handwritten digital signature regulations. The eSignature is bound as part of the document itself.

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