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Housing Sectors Add Few New Hires in July

Fresh on the heels of a 512-point nosedive by the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the U.S. economy added 117,000 jobs over July, beating less ideal estimates and soothing markets anxious about a recession repeat. The number of unemployed people and the unemployment rate moved ever so slightly over July, as joblessness hovered at 13.9 million nationally and the latter continued at 9.1 percent. The total labor force stayed somewhat static at 153.2 million last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of unemployed people dipped.

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Scam Artist Sting Successful in South Florida

The South Florida mortgage banking community is immersed in scandal, as a result of four indictments released this week by the U.S. Attorney├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós Office in Miami, Florida. The separate filings target 27 individuals who are accused of diverse fraud schemes waged against lenders and homeowners in the region. Charges encompass more than $30 million in faulty mortgage loans, plus mail fraud, insurance fraud, and arson. Twenty-five of the 27 indicted individuals are in custody, and each could ultimately face up to 20 years in jail.

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BAC Going after GSE Practices

The government sponsored enterprises are feeling the heat from Bank of America. A recent filing from BAC targets Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, stating that the criteria by which the GSEs are ultimately willing to resolve claims have become more rigid over time. By the numbers, BAC sold an estimated $1.1 trillion in mortgage loans to Fannie and Freddie between 2004 and 2008, and during the second quarter of this year, approximately $121 billion of the GSE-owned loans were in default or more than 180 days in arrears.

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CoreLogic HPI Data Up Again in June

CoreLogic was the bearer of some positive housing market news recently, with its announcement that home pricing is on the rise for the third consecutive month. Data from CoreLogic indicates that the results from its Home Price Index for June demonstrate a 0.7 percent increase in the market, building on similar statistical improvements recorded in May and April. CoreLogic notes that pricing is still depressed by 6.8 percent compared to last year's numbers.

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Director Swap at BancorpSouth

BancorpSouth, Inc., is bolstering its audit committee with the addition of Warren A. Hood, Jr. The bank├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós Board of Directors approved Hood as its replacement for former board member, R. Madison Murphy, who recently resigned from the company├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós directorship and was a member of the audit committee. Hood is the CEO and chairman of the board for his own enterprise, Hood Companies, Inc., which is comprised of three separate corporations. Current operations within Hood Companies include the manufacturing and distribution of building materials, consumer packaging products, and industrial packaging needs.

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SunTrust Going Worldwide with United Way

SunTrust is going global with United Way Worldwide. Recently named as a Global Corporate Leadership partner for the philanthropic organization, SunTrust has committed a $2.88 million gift from its SunTrust Foundation to the cause. Additionally, SunTrust already contributed $8.4 million during 2010, $4 million of which was pledged by the company's employees, and logged more than 100,000 volunteer hours with United Way via SunTrust's Solid Gives Back initiative.

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Cleveland Fed Weighs in on Branch Closures

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland has released its commentary on the broader economic effects of the recent closure of local bank branches, as lenders struggle to maintain bottom line viability in the marketplace. The brief, developed by Emre Ergungor and Stephanie Moulton, is titled, Do Bank Branches Matter Anymore?, and the authors├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ó conclusions indicate that the general answer to that large and looming question is a resounding yes, with considerable social impact as a net loss in communities.

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Court Ruling May Delay Dodd-Frank Regulations

A recent ruling by U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., faulted the Securities and Exchange Commission for failing to perform a sufficiently thorough economic impact analysis before it moved forward with a new rule, according to Bloomberg News. The decision could roll over onto provisions established by the Dodd-Frank Act, delaying those provisions and preventing new rules from going into effect. Analysts say the court ruling may delay more Dodd-Frank rules.

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FICS Makes Top 50, Again

Making the annual list of industry technology leaders for another consecutive year, Financial Industry Computer Systems, Inc., got named to the Top 50 Service Providers, compiled yearly by Mortgage Technology.

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