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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac halt Foreclosed Property Evictions until after Holidays

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(Best Syndication News) - Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced that they would halt evictions during the holidays.

The Federal National Mortgage Association (OTC:FNMA) will halt evictions from foreclosed single family and 2-4 unit properties between December 19, 2012 and January 2, 2013. Similarly, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp (OTC:FMCC) announced a nationwide halt to evictions between December 17, 2012 and January 2, 2013 for single-family homes and 2-4 unit properties.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said that during this temporary pause, the families living in these properties will not be evicted. However, the legal and administrative proceedings will continue and the eviction process may continue during this period, but the actual evictions will be postponed.

6.5 Magnitude Earthquake occurs offshore of Guatemala

Recent Guatemala Earthquake Activity Map Nov. 11, 2012 - Credit: USGS

(Best Syndication News) - A sizeable 6.5 magnitude and a 5.0 magnitude aftershock shook off the shores of Guatemala this Sunday, November 11, 2012. Many aftershocks have occurred days after a 7.4 earthquake event, which happened on November 7, 2012.

The US Geological Survey reported that the 6.5 magnitude earthquake event occurred at 4:15 p.m. local time on Sunday at 14.164°N, 92.167°W with a depth of 16.8 miles. Residents in the surrounding areas reported feeling light to moderate shaking with very little damage. The earthquake was in the same area as the large 7.4 earthquake.

AT&T to invest $14 Billion in Wireless and Wired Broadband Infrastructure

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(Best Syndication News) – Today AT&T announced a plan to invest $14 billion over the next three years to expand their 4G LTE network and wired IP Broadband network. The expanded coverage will help create faster Internet speeds for consumers throughout the United States.

AT&T estimates that around 300 million people will be covered by the 4G LTE wireless broadband network by the end of 2014. Around $8 billion has been allocated for wireless initiatives.

The wired-IP broadband network coverage will also be expanded to 75 percent of their customer locations in AT&T’s 22-state wired phone service area by the end of 2015. Around $6 billion has been set aside for wireline expansion.

7.4 Magnitude Earthquake shook off the shores of Guatemala

Guatemala Earthquake Map 11/07/12 - credit: USGS

(Best Syndication News) - A 7.4 magnitude earthquake occurred offshore of Guatemala this Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:35 AM, local time. The US Geological Survey (USGS) initially reported it as a 7.5 magnitude earthquake but quickly downgraded it to a 7.4 magnitude rating.

The earthquake’s epicenter was at 14.083°N, 91.916°W with a depth of 25.9 miles. The nearest city, Champerico, was around 14 miles north of the earthquake. The earthquake was 37 miles SSE of Suchiate, Mexico.

People in the area reported feeling a very strong shaking. There was moderate damage. A couple of people reported severe shaking with moderate to heavy damage. The responses were reported to the US Geological Survey.

US Postal Service suggest Mail Delivery Options for Displaced Hurricane Sandy Residents

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Postal Service (USPS) suggested that residents who were displaced from Hurricane Sandy should consider alternate mail delivery options. Postal customers should consider filing for a change of address, placing a mail delivery hold, or a temporary forwarding address. The three services are all options that would help keep the mail flowing.

Temporary Change of Address

A change of address can be filed either online or at a nearby Post Office location. The address change can be set for 15 days and up to one year. As the mail comes in, it is then forwarded to the new address. Customers can go to and then click on the “Manage Your Mail” tab. At the post office, the postal employee will ask you to fill out a “Change of Address” form.

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