Obama’s Investigative Unit: Absolving Iniquities or Slowing Progress?

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has reportedly been designated a co-chair of President Obama’s newly announced investigative team to probe the mortgage industry for past misconduct. In his State of the Union address this week, Obama announced the creation of “a special unit of federal prosecutors and leading state attorneys general” to examine the …

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Fannie and Freddie Restart Frozen REO Sales

Both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have instructed their selling agents to move forward with transactions involving foreclosed properties in cases where sales were suspended due to potential problems with the legal paperwork. The GSEs were forced to temporarily halt the sale of certain properties two months ago when news surfaced that some of the …

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Slide in Home Prices Signals Trouble Ahead

Residential property values fell 0.2 percent at the national level during the third quarter of this year, according to Integrated Asset Services (IAS). In front of a seasonal slow-down in home sales, IAS says the data foreshadow “particularly difficult times ahead” for the country’s housing markets and for the U.S. economy overall. The IAS360 House …

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