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Are HOAs Taking Advantage of Mortgage Servicers?

While Homeowner Association liens for unpaid assessments typically have priority over second mortgages and other junior liens (because the HOA liens may “relate back to” the HOAs’ previously-recorded declarations), first mortgages receive special treatment in various states, such as Minnesota. Despite that special treatment, HOAs often demand payment of substantial bills by lenders foreclosing first mortgages.

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Making Assignments in the Dark

The chain of title is the guy-wire that holds the home finance industry upright. Without some method to determine who owns a given parcel of real estate, it cannot be used as collateral for a loan. In cases where these loans go into default, a clear title is essential for a smooth foreclosure and REO process. Unfortunately, problems arise that cloud the title, increasing loss severity for investors.

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The Waiting Game with Vacant Properties

What can companies do to combat all the potential problems that may arise when a property sits vacant for a lengthy period of time while in the process of foreclosure? Chad Mosley, COO of MCS Solutions, sheds some light on the topic.

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Industry Leader Wants to Streamline FHA

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Several names have been thrown into the ring for FHA Commissioner including Ed Brady, Chairman of the Board for the National Association of Home Builders. DS News spoke with Brady, who shared his perspective on the work that needs to be done in housing policy.

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