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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NAR Home Buyer and Seller Survey Shows Value of Long-Term Home Ownership

Home buyers today have affirmed a long-term view of home ownership, the typical seller is experiencing positive returns and the vast majority of home owners see their property as a good investment, according to the latest consumer survey of home buyers and sellers. The study was released here today at the 2010 REALTORS® Conference & …

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Loss Severity on Short Sales 13% Lower than REO

Over the past year, the mortgage risk analysis firm Clayton Holdings says it has witnessed an overall increase in short sale activity. Because of the growing emphasis on keeping borrowers out of foreclosure, servicers are becoming more inclined to employ alternative loss mitigation strategies. And Clayton says the added benefit to servicers – the one …

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