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An Ounce of Prevention

FHFA released its May Foreclosure Prevention report, spotlighting data detailing its efforts to help stave off foreclosure. Did they amount to a pound of cure … or is the scale tipping in the wrong direction?

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Industry Report Aims to Tackle Abandoned Property Problem

The National Mortgage Servicing Association is calling for federal agencies to work together in conjunction with the mortgage servicing community to standardize the treatment of vacant and abandoned properties, a known cause of community blight and haven for crime. The organization submitted a report to the leadership of HUD, CFPB, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, OCC, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac outlining the problem, proposing solutions, and identifying the benefit of each recommendation for the consumer.

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Home Prices Surge . . . but Why?

Home prices spiked again, according to the May 2017 Existing Home Sales Index. Total unsold inventory saw a slight uptick compared to April 2017, but is still relatively low, and median home prices are continuing to rise. Seasonally adjusted, there were 5.62 million existing homes for sale, a small increase from April 2017, but how long will this trend sustain itself?

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House Republicans Release Tax Plan

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed a fast-track foreclosure law that will expedite the foreclosure process with the intent to reduce community blight, following the footsteps of a similar bill in Ohio. This bill could be the push other states need to move forward with their own fast track foreclosure bills. We hear from industry experts on the impact this bill may have.

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Household Debt at Record Levels

Household debt has surpassed recession levels, according to the New York Federal Reserve. Mortgage debt proved to be the highest increasing debt factor, going up went up by $147 billion quarterly and $258 billion annually. Total mortgage debt as of Q1 2017 was $8.63 trillion.

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How the FHA May Impact the Supreme Court Foreclosure Ruling

The Supreme Court found that the Miami's claims against Bank of America and Wells Fargo fell within the “zone of interests” established by the Fair Housing Act (FHA), which means that Bank of America and Wells Fargo’s practices had led to decreases in tax revenue and increased costs for maintaining foreclosed properties. What are the implications of this finding? We hear from industry lawyers to find out.

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Mortgage Performance Continues to Improve

Foreclosures, loan modifications, and forfeitures have been on a decline for a couple years, according to a report form the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. The amount of completed foreclosures dropped from 2 years ago by almost 19,000, while deed-in-lieu-of-foreclosure actions have dropped from 1.2 thousand to 0.8 thousand, Home forfeiture actions in total decreased by 32.3 percent year-over-year.

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