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More Than 42,000 Permanent Loan Mods Granted in February

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HOPE NOW released its February 2014 loan modification data. An estimated 42,000 homeowners received permanent, affordable loan modifications from mortgage servicers during the month. This total includes modifications completed under both proprietary programs and the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP).Click to continue

Monthly Foreclosure Activity Rises Four Percent in March

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RealtyTrac released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for March and the first quarter of 2014, which shows foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 117,485 U.S. properties in March, a four percent increase from February but still down 23 percent from a March 2013.Click to continue

GSEs Execute Three Million-Plus Foreclosure Prevention Actions Since 2008

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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have completed more than 3.1 million foreclosure prevention actions since the start of conservatorship in 2008. These actions have helped more than 2.5 million borrowers stay in their homes, including nearly 1.6 million who received permanent loan modifications. During 2013, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac completed nearly 448,000 foreclosure prevention actions, 99,700 of these in the fourth quarter. The majority of these allowed troubled borrowers to save their homes.Click to continue

February Foreclosure Volume Seven Percent Higher Than 2013

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RealtyTrac has released its February 2014 Residential & Foreclosure Sales Report, which shows that U.S. residential properties, including single family homes, condominiums and townhomes, sold at an estimated annual pace of 5,083,241 in February, a 0.2 percent decrease from the previous month but still up seven percent from a year ago. February marked the fourth consecutive month where sales activity has decreased on a monthly basis.Click to continue

New Yorker Sentenced to Nine Years in Loan Mod Scheme

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Christy Romero, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), and Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Isaak Khafizov, a former owner of American Home Recovery (AHR), a mortgage loan modification business that operated in New York, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to nine years in federal prison in connection with a scheme to defraud hundreds of struggling homeowners and their lenders.Click to continue

The "Big Four" Meet Servicing Settlement Requirements

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Joseph A. Smith Jr., Monitor of the National Mortgage Settlement, filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, final crediting reports on Bank of America, Chase, Citi and Wells Fargo. These reports confirm that the banks have satisfied their consumer relief and refinancing obligations under the Settlement. The Monitor previously certified that the ResCap Parties fulfilled their consumer relief and refinancing requirements.Click to continue

Foreclosures Drop 10 Percent in February

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RealtyTrac released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for February 2014, which shows foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 112,498 U.S. properties in February, a 10 percent decrease from January and down 27 percent from February 2013 to the lowest monthly total since December 2006 — a more than seven-year low.Click to continue

Quandis Adds Additional Functionality to KMC Information Systems App

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Quandis Inc. has announced that it has added new functionality to its existing bankruptcy search interface with KMC Information Systems LC’s (KMCIS) CaseAware application. CaseAware is a case management system (CMS) for default servicing law firms to efficiently manage, process and communicate with other parties in order to complete foreclose related tasks and transactions.Click to continue

Florida Man Sentenced for Role in Loan Mod Scheme

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A Florida man was sentenced to 12 months and one day in federal prison for defrauding thousands of homeowners in a $4 million nationwide home loan modification scheme. Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) Christy Romero, Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, and U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz of the District of Massachusetts made the announcement.Click to continue

LenderLive Selected by Ohio-Based Firm to Service Portfolio

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LenderLive Network Inc. announced that it has been selected by Equity Resources, Inc., an Ohio-based mortgage firm, as a subservicer for its residential loan portfolio. Equity Resources has 20 branch offices and lends in 14 states with the majority of their business in Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Maryland. The 20-year-old company offers several loan products on a customer-referral basis, including conventional, FHA, USDA and VA.Click to continue