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CitiMortgage to Launch Home Rental Program as Foreclosure Alternative

CitiMortgage announced the launch of the Home Rental Program, a program designed to provide an alternative to foreclosure and allow eligible borrowers to stay in their homes. Under the program, the eligible borrower transfers ownership of the property to a vehicle established by Carrington Capital and its joint venture partner, Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. A lease will then be established for the property at a manageable monthly payment.

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BofA to Offer Principal Writedowns to 200K Delinquent Borrowers

Bank of America began mailing out more than 200,000 letters this week targeting borrowers thought to be eligible for principal-reducing modifications under terms of the settlement reached with the federal government and 49 state attorneys general. To be eligible, a homeowner must owe more on the mortgage than the property is worth today and must have been at least 60 days behind on payments on January 31, 2012. BofA estimates average monthly savings of 30 percent for qualifying customers.

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BofA Makes Changes to Trim Short Sale Timeline

Bank of America is making changes to its short sale procedures and introducing an improved task flow within the short sale technology module from Equator, BofA's short sale management platform of choice. The goal: to reduce the timeframe for a short sale decision to less than three weeks. Starting Saturday, April 14, real estate professionals working with BofA will be required to submit five documents for short sales initiated with an offer, and they will be able to complete tasks such as document collection, valuations, and underwriting at the same time.

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BofA to Offer Principal Reductions of More than $100K

Some Bank of America borrowers may be in for principal reductions in amounts exceeding $100,000, according to the latest developments in the settlement the bank and four other large servicers made with state and federal regulators. While the other four servicers in the national settlement are being required to diminish principal so underwater borrowers have loan-to-value ratios of 120 percent or less, BofA will be reducing principal for about 200,000 homeowners to fall in line with current market values.

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California Law Firm Owners, Attorney Arrested for Modification Fraud

Owners and the managing attorney of a California-based law firm were arrested Thursday for loan modification fraud, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced in a release. Flahive Law Corporation charged thousands of dollars in up-front modification fees for services that were never performed for homeowners, many of whom ended up losing their homes. The defendants claimed that through a mortgage violation audit, they could find bank violations in loan documents and use that as leverage to get a loan modified.

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Wells Fargo Lays Out Mathematics of the Robo-Signing Settlement

The first details on how mortgage servicers must fulfill their end of the $25 billion federal-state settlement can be found within the 233 pages of Wells Fargo's annual filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As expected, first-lien principal reductions carry the most weight in terms of credit towards each servicer's financial obligation. Forgiveness of past due payments for unemployed homeowners garner dollar-for-dollar credit, as do costs associated with demolishing vacant, foreclosed properties.

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