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HOPE NOW: 123,000 Modifications in January

""HOPE NOW"":http://www.hopenow.com, a foreclosure prevention alliance of mortgage servicers, non-profit counselors, and investors, today announced that its ""members"":http://www.hopenow.com/members.html and the larger mortgage lending industry modified 123,000 mortgages in January 2009. HOPE NOW also said that the industry initiated 125,000 formal repayment plans in January, which was equal to the record-high set in October 2008.
The combination of 123,000 mortgage modifications and 125,000 repayment plans means in January 2009, the mortgage lending industry helped 248,000 at-risk homeowners avoid foreclosure. This is a four percent increase over the record-high set in December 2008.
According to Faith Schwartz, HOPE NOW’s executive director, the January results demonstrate that the mortgage lending industry is continuing to expand its efforts to help homeowners. ""In the midst of this ever-changing and extremely challenging mortgage crisis, HOPE NOW members continue to increase the number of homeowners they are helping and are trying hard to provide additional positive solutions,"" she said. ""The constantly growing use of modifications as the primary way to help homeowners is very likely to continue.""
The HOPE NOW January data also revealed that modifications were approximately half of all solutions offered to homeowners. Despite expanded home retention efforts, the organization also reported that the number of foreclosures started in January increased by 14,000 over the previous month, and the number of completed foreclosure sales increased from 56,000 in December to 68,000 in January.
Schwartz explained, ""It’s clear that the mortgage problem is still growing. That’s why HOPE NOW members are looking for additional ways to help homeowners and are working hard to assist the Obama administration in implementing its just-announced foreclosure-prevention initiative.""
For the first time since it’s inception, HOPE NOW began reporting additional ""loan-level"" data. These new details are the result of a HOPE NOW initiative that began several months ago to create a comprehensive database on mortgage delinquency and industry foreclosure prevention efforts. The new loan-level stats are based on information from approximately 35 million loans and will provide important details for home retention initiatives.
+_Based on HOPE NOW's new loan-level data:_+
• Mortgage performance steadily declined each month in 2008. One in 10 loans was delinquent in some way by December.
• The number of loans 60+ day past due, which climbed each month over the past year, reached 2.9 million in January 2009.
• Both prime and subprime delinquencies rose over the past 18 months. Nearly 4 percent of all prime loans (including Alt-A and Option Arm loans) are now seriously delinquent.
• Throughout 2008, the re-default rate ranged between 30 percent and 40 percent. (HOPE NOW defines a re-default as any mortgage that is 90 or more days delinquent or in foreclosure 6 months after the date it was first modified.)
• Almost 55 percent of all mortgage modifications are being made to mortgages owned by private label investors. Approximately 22 percent of all modifications are being made to mortgages held in bank portfolios. Slightly more than 17 percent of all modifications are being made to mortgages owned by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. About three percent of all modifications are being made to mortgages owned by Ginne Mae.
• In the third quarter of 2008, nearly half of all mortgage modifications were for homeowners with FICO scores below 620.
• Approximately 25 percent of all homes lost to foreclosure were non-owner occupied, investor-owned buildings.
According to Michael Bright, HOPE NOW’s chief statistician, the loan-level data means that the industry will be in a better position to determine whether help is reaching the homeowners who most need it. ""HOPE NOW has put together a comprehensive database to get a more accurate picture of who the at-risk homeowners are, how well the industry is doing, and what changes need to be made to best solve the foreclosure crisis,"" Bright said.

About Author: Carrie Bay

Carrie Bay is a freelance writer for DS News and its sister publication MReport. She served as online editor for DSNews.com from 2008 through 2011. Prior to joining DS News and the Five Star organization, she managed public relations, marketing, and media relations initiatives for several B2B companies in the financial services, technology, and telecommunications industries. She also wrote for retail and nonprofit organizations upon graduating from Texas A&M University with degrees in journalism and English.

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