Three "housing hot spots" in Ohio are among the five U.S. markets deemed most at risk for increased levels of mortgage fraud over the next 18 months, according to CoreLogic, a Sacramento, Calif.-based provider of fraud prevention technology and services to the mortgage industry.The five major metropolitan statistical areas most at risk, according to the Core Mortgage Risk Monitor, are Akron, Ohio; Dayton, Ohio; Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Mich.; Memphis, Tenn.-Miss.-Ark.; and Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Ohio. Although mortgage risk levels "remain relatively high," CoreLogic's chief economist, Mark Fleming, said the company is "seeing a stabilizing housing market characterized by decreasing house price appreciation and a slower increase in the risk index." The index measures collateral risk, which is risk related to the accuracy of a residential property valuation and "the sustainability of that valuation over the life of the mortgage due to the unique characteristics of the property, market, and mortgage contract participants," CoreLogic said. The company can be found on the Web at http://www.corelogic.com.

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