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FHFA Extends COVID-19-Related Loan Flexibilities

14. January, 2021|DS News|No comments

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced today that Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs ) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will extend several loan origination flexibilities until February 28. The FHFA, by way of press release, says the changes are to ensure continued support for borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency. These flexibilities initially were set …

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Five Housing Scenarios That Promote Upward Mobility

14. January, 2021|DS News|No comments

A report from the Urban Institute suggests policymakers and housing advocates should aim to not only prevent evictions, foreclosures, and homelessness, but also should put safeguards in place to better protect people from the next housing crisis and, authors say, “bolster resilience in their path to upward mobility.” “People will emerge from this economic recession …

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The Increasing Popularity of Virtual Home Tours

14. January, 2021|DS News|No comments

More than half of homebuyers last year purchased a house without seeing it, opting instead for a virtual tours, inspections, and closings, according to a report from Redfin. Researchers reported one in ten shoppers requested a remote tour, due to fear related to COVID-19. A survey—of more than 1,900 homebuyers across 32 major markets—commissioned by …

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Foreclosure Filings Drop to 16-Year Low

14. January, 2021|DS News|No comments

The 2020 figures represented the lowest level since ATTOM began tracking these numbers in 2005. Here’s how the numbers broke down.

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Brooks Resigns, Paulson to Become Acting Comptroller of the Currency

14. January, 2021|DS News|No comments

Brian P. Brooks has announced he will step down on January 14, 2021.

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Best in Legal Guide: Spina & Lavelle PC

13. January, 2021|DS News|No comments

For the 15th year in a row, DS News is proud to present the annual Black Book directory of default servicing law firms. Today, we bring you a profile of Spina & Lavelle PC.

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NYC Nonprofit Aims to Convert Distressed Properties

13. January, 2021|DS News|No comments

A New York City-based nonprofit organization has launched an initiative to address the city’s distressed and abandoned foreclosure-property inventory. Rebuild New York’s Vacant Important Properties (VIP) Initiative aims to “convert vacant homes into valuable and vibrant homes throughout the lower New York region,” according to a Wednesday press release announcing the program that launched January …

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$75 Billion in Flood Damages Linked to Climate Shifts

13. January, 2021|DS News|No comments

A new study authored by researchers at Stanford University has determined that increased precipitation created by global warming have contributed one-third of the financial costs of flooding in the U.S. over the past three decades. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, estimated that nearly $75 billion of the …

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$75 Billion in Flood Damages Linked to Changing Climate

13. January, 2021|DS News|No comments

A new study authored by researchers at Stanford University has determined that increased precipitation created by global warming have contributed one-third of the financial costs of flooding in the U.S. over the past three decades. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, estimated that nearly $75 billion of the …

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Out-of-State Relocations for Retirees at Five-Year High

13. January, 2021|DS News|No comments

Nearly 400,000 American retirees moved their residences during 2020, the highest number in five years. According to a data study by the moving services website HigherAHelper.com analyzing the latest U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey, the number of relocating retirees in 2020 marked a 30% year-over-year increase from the 2019 figure of 397,000. The peak …

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Fannie Mae Update: Mortgage Servicer Sentiment Amid Pandemic Challenges

12. January, 2021|DS News|No comments

This year’s health and economic crises have challenged the industry, but how did servicers respond when asked how COVID’s difficulties compare to those faced by the market during the 2008 financial crisis?

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Fitch Ratings on Servicer Performance: ‘It Showed Resilience’

12. January, 2021|DS News|No comments

Bank servicers experienced a modest decline of about 6% in active forbearance agreements as a percentage of all loss mitigation plans while non-bank servicers reported a decline of about 10%—that’s one takeaway from the Q3 U.S. RMBS Servicer Metric Report from Fitch Ratings, which tracks servicer performance data. The report also revealed that loan modifications …

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Black Book 2021 Profile: McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC

12. January, 2021|DS News|No comments

For the 15th year in a row, DS News is proud to present the annual Black Book directory of default servicing law firms. Today, we bring you a profile of McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC.

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DS5: Adjusting to Modern Property Preservation Challenges

12. January, 2021|DS News|No comments

In this week’s episode of DS5: Inside the Industry, Joe Iafigliola, CFO of Safeguard Properties, discussed how Safeguard has adjusted to the challenges of the past year, and what he expects the property preservation sector to look like in coming years. “The biggest challenge we’re facing is, how do you forecast or react to the …

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How Are Mortgage Delinquency Rates Changing?

12. January, 2021|DS News|No comments

Overall delinquency rates were highest in Hawaii and Nevada. Click through to learn how else the industry landscape has changed according to the latest CoreLogic data.

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