(Source: Reuters By Scot J. Paltrow) – MERS, the electronic mortgage registry that faces multiple investigations for its role in thousands of problematic foreclosure cases, changed its rules to lower its profile in court-supervised foreclosures.MERS, a unit of Merscorp Inc. of Reston, Virginia, owns the computerized registry, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems. Mortgage loan giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and several of the largest U.S. banks established MERS in 1995 to circumvent the costly and cumbersome process of transferring ownership of mortgages and recording the changes with county clerks.
In rule changes announced to MERS members on July 21, the company forbade members to file any more foreclosure actions in MERS’s name.
Source: Reuters By Scot J. Paltrow
NEW YORK | Wed Jul 27, 2011 4:52pm EDT
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