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Agencies Announce Delay on Basel III Implementation

The implementation of the Basel III capital rules may be postponed beyond the start of 2013, according to a joint statement released by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the FDIC, and the Federal Reserve. The announcement follows a comment period during which many trade organizations and institutions expressed apprehension about the new requirements.

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Prospect Mortgage Taps Veteran Talent for Leadership Role

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Prospect Mortgage, LLC hired an industry veteran to lead the company's plans to grow its lending and loan servicing capabilities. Amy Brandt was selected as president of correspondent lending and servicing. In her new role, Brandt will help build Prospect's national correspondent lending platform and develop its loan servicing potential.

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Administration Reports Continued Housing Improvement

The state of the housing market continues to improve though recovery remains fragile, according to the October Housing Scorecard released Friday by the Obama administration. Along with the scorecard, the administration released special instructions for those administering the Making Home Affordable Program in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. In areas directly impacted by Hurricane Sandy, servicers must offer at least three months forbearance to any homeowners eligible for Making Home Affordable who request forbearance.

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NAR: Existing Home Prices See Strong Annual Gains in Q3

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A lower supply of inventory and fewer distressed sales led to stronger home price gains across the country, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed in a recent report. On a national level, the median price for existing single-family homes increased 7.6 percent to $186,100 in the third quarter of this year compared to last year, the strongest annual gain since first-quarter 2006. The median price for existing homes improved in 120 out of 149 areas since last year.

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