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Regulators Advise Institutions Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Federal regulators released a notice Tuesday stating their support for financial institutions operating in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. They both encouraged affected institutions to work to meet the needs of their communities and expressed their lenience on certain reporting and publishing requirements for those institutions.

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Pro Teck: Falling Supply to Create Spike in New Home Prices

The U.S. housing market "has entered a sustainable period of improving conditions," Pro Teck Valuations CEO Tom O'Grady says in the company's most recent Home Value Forecast. Each of the company's forecasts picks a housing trend and studies its influence on the market. This particular update shines a spotlight on months of remaining inventory (MRI) of new homes listed for sale and examines how that statistic affects median single family home price changes.

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Ernst Publishing Introduces New Good Faith Estimate Calculator

Ernst Publishing Company, based in Albany, New York, has just released a new real estate closing cost data search engine called Smart Query II. Having provided closing cost data to the industry for 20 years, Ernst updated its offering to include additional data and provide information faster than before.

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Colorado Attorney General Reaches Settlement with LPS

In Colorado, Lender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS), has reached a settlement with the state's attorney general. Concluding the investigation into document execution practices by subsidiaries of LPS, the company has agreed to provide payment and reimbursement fees in exchange for a release of potential liability.

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NCUA Names New Director for Consumer Protection Office


The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) selected Gail Laster to lead as director of the Office of Consumer Protection, a senior management position within the agency. Laster will begin her position November 19 and succeeds Kent Buckham, who is retiring after more than 35 years of service.

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Freddie Mac Offers Mortgage Relief to Hurricane Sandy Victims

Homeowners with mortgages guaranteed by Freddie Mac may be eligible for payment relief if they are located in an area that has been devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The GSE announced it is encouraging servicers to help borrowers through different forms of assistance such as suspending foreclosure and eviction proceedings for up to a year, waiving penalties or late fees against borrowers with disaster-damaged homes, and not reporting delinquencies caused by the disaster to credit bureaus.

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LoanSifter Reports New Performance Benchmarks for Speed, Reliability

LoanSifter, Inc., announced it has set new performance benchmarks for speed, accuracy, and uptime for LoanSifter, its flagship product and pricing engine (PPE). According to officials representing the Appleton, Wisconsin-based company, the average search on the PPE fell to 1.29 seconds in 2012, down from 2.22 seconds in 2011. In addition, LoanSifter's real-time loan pricing and product eligibility information has an accuracy level of 99.998 percent between 2011 and 2012.

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Office Loan Defaults Bring CMBS Default Rate Up in Q3

The cumulative default rate for commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) in the U.S. rose over the third quarter, largely due to an increase in defaults among office loans, according to the latest data from Fitch Ratings. The rate rose from 13.2 percent in the second quarter of this year to 13.5 percent in the third quarter, according to Fitch. Office loans made up more than half of both newly defaulted loans in the third quarter and year-to-date defaults, according to the ratings agency.

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