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LRES Approved to Transact Business in Virgin Islands

LRES, a California-based company specializing in commercial and residential valuations and asset management, announced it has received a Certificate of Authority to conduct business in the U.S. Virgin Islands. With the certificate, LRES is officially authorized to do business within 54 U.S. states and jurisdictions.

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Bidding Wars Resume in Major Markets in October

While many Americans paused their homebuying plans during the federal government's partial shutdown last month, purchase activity rebounded once the government reopened, with buyer competition more robust than expected, according to a Redfin. Out of the 22 markets covered in the brokerage's report, San Diego experienced the biggest increase in multiple-bid offers on homes for sale, while Boston saw the biggest drop.

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Negative Equity: A New Way of Life in the Recovery

Fast-paced price increases helped bring 1.4 million homeowners to the surface in the third quarter as their home values finally clipped their equity, according to the latest Negative Equity Report from Zillow. The third-quarter drop in negative equity was the largest on record for Zillow, dating back to early 2011. The negative equity rate now stands at 21 percent, down about one-third from a peak of 31.4 percent.

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Foreclosure Inventory Plunges Nearly 30%

The nation's foreclosure inventory has contracted for 18 consecutive months and is now at its lowest point since the end of 2008, totaling 1.28 million loans, or just 2.54 percent of today's active mortgages, according to Lender Processing Services. The company's latest report assessing the performance of mortgage assets through the end of October shows the industry's foreclosure inventory rate has plummeted 29.61 percent from last year.

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M&T Bank Takes Action to Help Unemployed Borrowers

Who ever heard of banks helping their unemployed borrowers find jobs? Though it may be hard to believe, this concept is becoming a reality thanks to a company in Bend, Oregon. Realizing that job loss in the current economy is the major reason homeowners default on their mortgages, management of M&T Bank announced they'll be offering a pilot program of the company's services to their unemployed borrowers at no cost.

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Sales of Existing Homes Slip for Second Straight Month

Existing-home sales translate to an annual rate of 5.12 million at the October sales pace, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). October's sales volume was down 3.2 percent from September and marked the second consecutive month of declining transactions. NAR blames low inventory, diminished buying power from rising prices and interest rates, and a restrictive credit environment for the drop in sales.

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Is Tighter Credit for the Better?

It's no secret underwriting standards have tightened in recent years, and while many decry the heightened standards for making homeownership less accessible to some Americans, an economist with CoreLogic points out in a report released Wednesday that heightened standards are, without question, impacting delinquencies for the better, with 2013 vintage loans carrying a serious delinquency rate of just six basis points.

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Award-Winning NexTitle Expands Footprint with New Oregon Office

NexTitle, based in Bellevue, Washington, announced plans to expand its operations with a new office in Lake Oswego, Oregon, which the firm intends to make its flagship office in the state. The company also announced it was selected from a field of finalists in the title and escrow field to receive the 2013 Business and Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Title and Escrow Company presented by the Washington Association of Mortgage Professionals.

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Private-Public Collaboration Results in 8M Foreclosure Preventions

Collaboration between the private and public sectors has resulted in 8 million non-foreclosure solutions completed for at-risk families since 2007, according to HOPE NOW, a voluntary alliance of mortgage servicers, investors, mortgage insurers, and nonprofit housing counselors. Over the last six years, the mortgage industry has completed more than 6.71 million total permanent loan modifications, while short sales total approximately 1.39 million since December 2009.

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