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Tornado Ravaged Area Seeing Reduced Foreclosures

Nearly a year after a tornado devastated the town of Moore, Oklahoma, foreclosure activity is slowly dwindling in the area, specifically in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. RealtyTrac found that bank repossessions spiked 58 percent in the four months following the tornado but are pulling back as the area experiences recovery.

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REO Inventory Rising Again

The number of REO properties increased to 430,000 as of March 2014, according to a new blog post by CoreLogic’s Sam Khater. March's figure reflects an increase of 15 percent from the low point of REO inventory in August 2013, when properties totaled 375,000.

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Foreclosure Activity Decreases in April

RealtyTrac's latest U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for April 2014, revealed foreclosure filings were down 1 percent from March, totaling approximately 115,000. April's figure reflects a year-over-year decrease of 20 percent.

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Credit Rating Service Assigns Vendor Rankings

Morningstar Credit Ratings today assigned its "MOR RV1" residential vendor ranking to Carrington Property Services (CPS) as a residential single-family rental property manager and as a residential REO asset manager. The forecast for the rankings is Stable.

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Q1 Foreclosure Activity Fueled by New Starts and Auctions

A rise in foreclosure starts and auctions caused an increase in U.S. foreclosure activity in March, up 4.0 percent from the previous month. The U.S. Foreclosure Market Report released by RealtyTrac reported approximately 117,000 foreclosure filings for the month, down 23 percent from March, 2013.

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Distressed Sales and Investor Purchases Fall in February

U.S. residential sale volume decreased in February, with distressed sales and investor purchases also pulling back for the month. RealtyTrac's February 2014 Residential & Foreclosure Sales Report found that U.S. residential properties slid .2 percent from January, but remain up 7 percent from the same time period a year ago.

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What is Causing the Decline in Short Sales?

Short Sales

Consequences stemming from the expiration of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act may be surfacing, according to a perspective piece written by CoreLogic’s Kathryn Dobbyn. The piece found that throughout 2012 and into 2013, short sales had been steadily declining, partly due to rising home prices.

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U.S. Bank Accused of Housing Discrimination

The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and four of its member organizations announced new evidence of housing discrimination by U.S. Bank, N.A. The civil rights groups allege that U.S. Bank maintains and markets foreclosed homes in white neighborhoods, in "a much better manner than in African-American and Latino neighborhoods," according to a press release issued by the NFHA.

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Rising Home Prices Shrink California Distressed Sales

The California Association of Realtors (CAR) released a new report, revealing sales of distressed homes have plummeted in the past five years. In January, 2009, 69.5 percent of all homes sold in California were distressed, which included short sales and real estate-owned properties (REO). The report issued Monday noted that five years later, distressed home sales made up only 15.6 percent of sold homes.

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