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Serious Delinquencies Hit Five-Year Milestone

Serious Delinquencies Hit Five-Year Milestone

Mortgage delinquencies are on the decline, according to a report from Equifax. Home finance write-offs so far this year total $96.3 billion, down 22 percent from last year. The balance of mortgages in severe delinquency--those 90 or more days past due--is less than $300 million for the first time in five years, and Equifax's Amy Crews Cutts says current trends suggest we'll be at pre-recession levels of severe delinquencies by the end of 2014.

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Home Equity Jumps 2.5% in Q1

Home Equity Jumps 2.5% in Q1

Household net worth jumped by $3 trillion in the first quarter as real estate values grew $836 billion, the Federal Reserve reported Thursday in its quarterly Flow of Funds report. With a drop in mortgage debt, owners' equity in real estate increased a sharp 2.5 percentage points to its highest level since 2007. Owners' equity as a percentage of real estate value has been on a steady upward trajectory since dropping to 36.3 percent in the first quarter of 2009.

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National Mortgage Default Rates Fall in March

Mortgage default rates moved lower along with the overall national default rate in March, according to the Consumer Credit Default Indices released by S&P Dow Jones Indices and Experian. The first mortgage default rate fell to 1.41 percent last month from 1.48 percent in February and 1.88 percent from March 2012. The second mortgage default rate was down to 0.69 percent, a monthly and yearly decrease from 0.71 percent and 1.03 percent, respectively.

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Equifax Sees ‘Turning Point’ in Home Equity Credit Improvements

Home equity installment balances rose 0.3 percent in August--the first monthly increase since November 2007, according to Equifax. After plummeting 49 percent over the past four years to just $143 billion, the company contends August's uptick could signal ""a possible turning point in mortgage demand."" Equifax says amid signs the contraction in mortgage debt is slowing and delinquencies are trending down, it looks like positive growth may finally be taking hold in the mortgage market.

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Mortgage Defaults Down in June, Index Reveals

Mortgage Defaults Down in June, Index Reveals

An already positive trend in mortgage defaults continued through the month of June, according to data released Tuesday in the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices. The data shows that most loan types-including bank card and first and second mortgage loans-saw a decrease in default rates, many of them for the sixth consecutive month. Four loan types posted their lowest rates since the end of the recent recession.

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First and Second Lien Holders to Share Losses Through Settlement

Details of the $25 billion settlement involving state and federal officials and the five largest servicers will change how liens are prioritized, and in turn, opponents say, will benefit banks but hurt investors. Typically, in cases involving delinquent loans, the second liens are written off before a first lien takes any losses. Under the settlement, first and second liens will share in the losses equally, with both getting written down proportionally instead of wiping out the second lien, which tends to yield a higher return since it includes a higher risk.

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National Servicing Standards Emerge in New Homeowner Bill of Rights

National Servicing Standards Emerge in New Homeowner Bill of Rights

The mortgage servicing system is badly broken and would benefit from a single set of federal standards, according to White House officials. President Obama on Wednesday introduced what he's termed the Homeowner Bill of Rights - principles that he says will ensure borrowers and lenders are playing by the same common-sense rules. These rules address disclosures, conflicts of interest posed by investors and junior lien holders, assistance for at-risk homeowners, and safeguards to prevent wrongful foreclosures.

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HAMP Mods Pass 900,000 as Servicers Tackle Seconds, Negative Equity

HAMP Mods Pass 900,000 as Servicers Tackle Seconds, Negative Equity

Treasury released a new report Monday highlighting results from the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). Nearly 910,000 homeowners have received a permanent HAMP modification, saving $9.9 billion in monthly mortgage payments. Officials say they will continue to press servicers to assist underwater borrowers and address second-lien issues. A total of 38,243 principal-reducing permanent HAMP mods have been granted, and 54,828 second-lien mods have been started under the federal program.

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