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Private-Public Collaboration Results in 8M Foreclosure Preventions

Collaboration between the private and public sectors has resulted in 8 million non-foreclosure solutions completed for at-risk families since 2007, according to ""HOPE NOW"":http://www.hopenow.org, a voluntary alliance of mortgage servicers, investors, mortgage insurers, and nonprofit housing counselors.

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Over the last six years, the mortgage industry has completed more than 6.71 million permanent loan modifications, based on HOPE NOW's data. Of those loan modifications, more than 5.4 million were made through servicers’ proprietary programs and 1,268,635 were completed under the federal government’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). In addition, since December 2009, short sales total about 1.39 million.

HOPE NOW reports approximately 181,000 homeowners received permanent loan modifications from mortgage servicers during the third quarter of this year--136,000 of which were proprietary and 45,136 HAMP mods.

Looking at non-HAMP loan modifications from the month of September, HOPE NOW’s report cites key characteristics that generally go hand-in-hand with more sustainable mortgages.

The alliance says mods that included fixed interest rates of five years or more accounted for 93 percent of the month’s

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total. Seventy-six percent reduced borrowers’ principal and interest monthly payments, and for 71 percent the principal and interest payment reduction was more than 10 percent.

Short sales totaled about 67,000 during the July-to-September period, with 19,000 completed in the month of September, according to HOPE NOW’s market data. That monthly total is down 17 percent from 28,000 completed short sales in August.

Foreclosure starts were estimated at 93,000 in September vs. 99,000 in August--a decline of 6 percent. However, for the full third quarter, some 290,000 foreclosures were initiated, compared to an estimated 499,000 initialized during the third quarter of 2012.

Completed foreclosure sales tallied an estimated 51,000 in September, down 12 percent from the 58,000 foreclosure sales recorded for the month of August.

Delinquencies of 60-plus days were approximately 2.08 million in September, representing virtually no change from August, according to HOPE NOW.

All key metrics in HOPE NOW’s report were down when comparing Q3 2013 to Q3 2012. Loan mods declined 22 percent, from 233,000 in the third quarter of last year to approximately 181,000 in this year’s third quarter.

Short sales slipped even further with a decline of 39 percent. Short sales completed last quarter tallied approximately 67,000 vs. 109,000 for the same period last year.

In addition, foreclosure sales dropped 15 percent annually in the third quarter, from 196,000 to 167,000.

HOPE NOW executive director, Eric Selk, said the agency firmly believes the eight million foreclosure alternatives completed by the group since 2007 “are proof of the success of the unprecedented collaboration between the private and public sectors.”

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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