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Bank of America Cuts More Jobs

BankofAmerica

Bank of America laid-off more workers, releasing 280 workers in the mortgage operations area in St. Charles, Missouri. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based business is closing a department that oversaw mortgage operations, leaving 90 workers in the St. Charles Office. The lay-offs continued from earlier in the week, when Bank of America reportedly planned to let go of 450 workers in their West Coast offices.

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Bank of America to Cut More Mortgage Jobs

Bank of America, the second-largest U.S. lender, is cutting 450 mortgage jobs from its West Coast Offices. The lending giant is reducing staff after new loans fell short of internal forecasts. In a report by Bloomberg, affected employees were told yesterday that workers involved in processing home loans would be let go.

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Butler and Hosch Expand; Acquire New Firm

Mortgage banking industry law firm Butler & Hosch, P.A. said Tuesday that it will acquire Atlanta-based McCurdy & Candler, LLC Default Practice. The firms are in the final stages of the acquisitions process, and the two companies are completing due diligence process this week. The deal is expected to be finalized by the end of the month, Butler & Hosch officials said in a statement.

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Housing Scorecard Details Progress, Examines San Francisco MSA

While the housing market made great strides toward recovery last year with improvements in foreclosures, home prices, and homeowner equity, the economy is “still healing” from the effects of the recent downturn, according to the latest Housing Scorecard from the Obama administration. Released Friday, the January report found several improving indicators and particular strength in the San Francisco metro area, which has benefited from significant government support.

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Business Ticks Up at Freddie Mac

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According to Freddie Mac's December volume summary, the GSE's total mortgage portfolio grew at an annualized rate of 0.4 percent for the month, bringing 2013's average rate to -2.6 percent. The portfolio grew in four out of last year's 12 months and shrank in eight, including a streak of declines from July through November. As of the end of the year, the portfolio was valued at approximately $1.91 trillion.

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Borrowers Struggle Despite Equity Gains

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The ongoing price recovery and rise in positive equity around the country has been cause for celebration among many industry commentators--but they’re not much comfort to those who continue to struggle to pay their mortgages, Fitch Ratings says in a new release. Over the last two years, Fitch estimates the percentage of borrowers entering foreclosure with positive equity has roughly doubled. “It is clear that rising home prices have had a positive influence on borrower behavior. However, some portion of borrowers still exhibit an inability to recover as the economy has moderately improved,” the agency said in its analysis.

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Decline in Foreclosures Outpaces Decline in Loan Modifications

Mortgage Debt Relief

An estimated 44,000 homeowners received permanent loan modifications from mortgage servicers during the month of November under both proprietary servicer programs and the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), HOPE NOW reports. While that total represents a 12 percent decrease from the 50,000 loan mods completed in October, the most recent data show a steeper 20 percent decline in foreclosure sales and a 17 percent decline in foreclosure starts between October and November.

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Economists Outline What to Watch for in the Real Estate Market of 2014

Real Estate Market

Experts at Freddie Mac and Equifax expect falling unemployment and economic growth to keep the housing market steady in 2014. This, despite climbing interest rates and anticipated growth in housing prices nationwide. While industry economists welcome the idea of a steady, slowly recovering housing market, they also have a checklist of housing and economic indicators they're keeping tabs on that could influence the pace of recovery.

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Despite Fewer Foreclosure Starts, Distressed Sales Rose in 2013

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Despite declining foreclosure starts over the year, distressed sales made up a higher percentage of overall home sales in 2013 than they did the previous year, according to the U.S. Residential & Foreclosure Sales Report released Thursday by RealtyTrac. Foreclosure sales—which include sales to third-party buyers at foreclosure auction and sales of REOs—combined with short sales to make up 16.2 percent of residential property sales in 2013, up from 14.5 percent in 2012. The report also revealed an uptick in cash purchases at the close of the year.

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Housing and Mortgage Outlook: Expect Declines in 2014

Outlook, Fitch Ratings

Following a year of fast-paced appreciation, Fitch Ratings expects home price gains to slow to a more moderate pace in 2014 in the United States, according to its Global Housing and Mortgage Outlook released Tuesday. The ratings agency also predicts mortgage volume will decline and delinquencies and shadow inventory will decrease, albeit slowly, while liquidation timelines continue to rise.

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