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Report: 70% of Modifications in May Were Non-HAMP

Mortgage servicers completed 112,088 loan modifications through their own proprietary programs in May, according to a report released this week by ""HOPE NOW"":http://www.hopenow.com. That compares to 47,724 new permanent modifications under the government's Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) during the same month.
[IMAGE] Altogether, just over 159,000 mortgage modifications were completed in May, bringing the total number of mods for the year to 800,536, HOPE NOW's data shows.

According to Treasury, 49 percent of homeowners who do not qualify for a permanent HAMP plan have been placed in an alternative servicer modification with comparable payment reduction benefits.


In addition, HOPE NOW says private-sector servicers completed 213,000 other workouts in May, such as repayment and forbearance plans.

Faith Schwartz, senior advisor for HOPE NOW, said, ""The latest results continue to support the industry's unprecedented efforts to assist borrowers across the country using myriad foreclosure prevention programs. The industry has made great strides and is organized around significant efforts.""

However, Schwartz noted that 3.77 million borrowers are currently 60 or more days late on their mortgages.

""It is incumbent that the industry, government, and non-profit segments continue to collaborate until the housing market has stabilized,"" she said.

HOPE NOW's data shows that foreclosure actions were started on 205,479 properties in May alone. Foreclosure sales during the month totaled 98,963.

Since the organization began collecting information on the industry's home retention efforts in July of 2007, HOPE NOW says mortgage servicers have offered distressed borrowers more than 9.5 million total workout solutions, including more than 3.2 million loan modifications.

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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