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LenderLive Launches Gov. Loan Mod Campaign with Top Servicer

Denver, Colorado-based LenderLive Network Inc., a company that provides business process outsourcing and technology to the financial industry, announced on Monday that it has successfully launched its first large-scale Home Affordable Modification Program (HMP) campaign with one of the nation’s top four servicers.

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Gains Expected In Home Sales

Pending home sales have edged up, hinting at a possible pickup of sales activity in coming months, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in February, rose 2.

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Report: Re-Defaults Still Rising

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) released their Mortgage Metrics Report for the fourth quarter of 2008 on Friday, which showed that re-default rates following loan workouts to help homeowners avoid foreclosure are still escalating.

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New Auction Company Opens in Texas

Austin, Texas-based TexTerra Auctions, LLC, has opened its doors for business. The newly created real estate auction company is focused on assisting lending institutions in Texas with offloading commercial and bulk residential REO properties.

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Gov. Agencies Crack Down on Foreclosure Rescue Scams

The U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Attorney General of Illinois announced the launch of a new initiative on Monday aimed at foreclosure rescue scams and loan modification fraud.

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Fed Purchases $33B in Agency MBS

The New York Federal Reserve Bank purchased $32.9 billion in mortgage-backed securities (MBS) from government agencies this week. Total MBS purchases since the Fed program began in early January now stands at $303 billion.

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Fannie, Freddie Proceed with Bonuses

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are planning to follow through with the payout of retention bonuses to more than 7,500 employees. The two companies plan to award $159 million to executives and key staff members over the next 18 months, on top of the nearly $51 million already paid out in 2008.

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Companies Form REO Asset Alliance

Five national companies in the mortgage and property management industry – Avalar Network, Inc., DDN Services, ECJ Asset Management, TrustTitle, and TT Lender Solutions – announced on Friday the formation of a strategic alliance to provide a one-source, cross-functional solution for lenders and investors to manage distressed real property loan assets.

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