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September Foreclosure Activity Hits A New 8-Year Low

By Michael Lewis on October 29, 2014 - Nationwide foreclosure activity in September dropped to its lowest levels since July 2006, hitting numbers last seen prior to the housing crisis.

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Mortgage-Related Mergers Spike In 2014, Could Impact Signing Agents

By Kelle Clarke on October 08, 2014 - Mortgage-related mergers and acquisitions this year could impact the connections Notary signing agents have with the companies they work with.

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Mortgage Fraud Report: Risk Of ID Scams Jumps

By Michael Lewis on October 02, 2014 - The risk of “outright identity fraud” took a sharp spike in the second quarter of this year, according to the latest Mortgage Fraud Risk Report from Interthinx, a national risk mitigation company focusing on mortgage fraud and regulatory compliance.

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Sluggish Mortgage, Housing Recovery Keeps Notary Signing Agents Waiting

By Michael Lewis on September 18, 2014 - The mortgage and housing markets will continue to struggle for the rest of the year before improving slightly in 2015.

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Notaries And Employers Responsible For Avoiding Lending Violations

By Kelle Clarke on August 27, 2014 - As the mortgage industry continues to misunderstand the proper role of Notaries, both Notaries and their employers should proactively work to avoid claims of legal violations, urged a senior executive with a major title company.

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Housing Market Getting ‘Healthier’ — But Slowly

By Michael Lewis on August 14, 2014 - The nation’s housing market is continuing its slow but steady improvement, helped most recently by a slowdown in home-price growth.

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Signings For Foreign Buyers Jump As International Sales Of U.S. Homes Skyrocket

By Michael Lewis on July 23, 2014 - The housing market may be in the doldrums, but buyers from other countries can’t get enough of U.S. residential real estate. In the 12-mother period ending March 31, foreign buyers spent $92.2 billion on residential real estate purchases, a 35-percent jump from the previous year, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors.

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Slow And Steady Housing Recovery Depends On Minorities And Millennials

By Kelle Clarke on July 16, 2014 - Increased home sales and a rise in home values indicate that the housing market is heading in the right direction, according to a Harvard University report. Total recovery, however, remains stunted by low housing inventory and economic hurdles facing potential homebuyers. Despite the challenges, analysts predict a strong future for the market, and see millennial and minority homebuyers as key to take charge of the long-term recovery.

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HAMP, HARP Mortgage Assistance Programs Extended Through 2016

By Michael Lewis on July 08, 2014 - Financially strapped homeowners in need of mortgage relief are getting more time to take advantage of the federal government’s HAMP and HARP initiatives. U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew recently announced that both programs are being extended for a second time — until December 31, 2016.

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Housing Market Rebounding With Increased Home Sales

By Kelle Clarke on July 02, 2014 - After a rocky first quarter of 2014, the housing market rebounded in May with increased sales reported nationwide for both new and existing homes.

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