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Government Issues Housing Data, Says There’s ‘Much More Work to Do’

Treasury has released a new progress report on its Making Home Affordable initiative, covering all the ""H"" acronyms. Since the program started in April 2009, 857,000 homeowners have received permanent loan restructurings under HAMP, and 894,000 have refinanced their mortgages through HARP. HAFA transactions tally just under 19,000. Officials say they continue to see a fall in mortgage defaults due in part to foreclosure prevention programs reaching more borrowers upstream in the process, but there's ""much more work to do.""

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Credit Union Coalition Develops Foreclosure Intervention Toolkit

The National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions has completed a new Credit Union Foreclosure Intervention Toolkit to help credit unions combat the foreclosure crisis in their communities. The toolkit was developed with the support of a financial education grant from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF). The federation says it has seen the national foreclosure crisis reflected in a dramatic shift in demand between different types of counseling services, from pre-purchase to foreclosure intervention counseling.

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Proprietary Modifications Unchanged, Foreclosure Starts Rise

Servicers completed about 56,000 proprietary permanent loan modifications in the month of August - similar to their July efforts. Most of these modifications included reduced principal and interest payments and fixed interest rates for five years or more, according to HOPE NOW data released Wednesday. While proprietary loan modifications remained level, foreclosure starts increased 18 percent, rising from 185,000 in July to 218,000 in August.

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HOPE LoanPort Names Industry Veteran to CEO Post

HOPE LoanPort announced Wednesday that Camillo T. Melchiorre will assume the role of president and CEO, effective September 1st. He replaces Larry Gilmore, co-founder of HOPE LoanPort and president and CEO since 2009, who has stepped down to pursue other opportunities. Melchiorre led the HOPE NOW Alliance Technology Committee that resulted in the creation of HOPE LoanPort and has served as a member of the board of directors since its inception.

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Servicers’ Proprietary Mods Increase 11% as Foreclosure Stats Drop

Mortgage servicers completed 56,000 permanent loan modifications through their own proprietary assistance programs during the month of July, according to figures released Wednesday by HOPE NOW. July's tally represents an 11 percent increase over the 50,000 proprietary mods reported in June. At the same time, foreclosure sales fell by 11 percent month-to-month and newly initiated foreclosure actions slipped 5 percent. HOPE NOW also found that the redefault rate for proprietary modifications is 20 percent.

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HOPE LoanPort Tops 3,000 Registered Counselor Users

HOPE LoanPort recently announced that the organization has now registered over 3,000 HUD-certified, nonprofit housing counselors in a little over a year of full operation. Counselors from more than 630 organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico are now using the system to assist struggling homeowners. HOPE LoanPort is also upgrading its technology to comply with the Federal Housing Finance Agency's new guidelines for managing the GSEs' delinquent loans.

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HOPE LoanPort and GMAC to Launch Mediation Portal in Maryland

HOPE LoanPort has announced a partnership with the state of Maryland and GMAC Mortgage to deliver a direct-to-consumer foreclosure mediation portal. GMAC is funding development of the portal and will be the first mortgage servicer to use it. The portal, scheduled to go live in October 2011, will be the first statewide program in the nation to allow homeowners and servicers to exchange documents electronically prior to foreclosure mediation.

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HOPE NOW: Delinquencies and Foreclosure Starts Decline

Mortgage delinquencies declined 27 percent in the first half of 2011 compared to the first half of 2010, according to data from HOPE NOW. For the first half of 2011, the number of 60-day plus delinquencies was 2.7 million, down 1 million from the first half of 2010. Foreclosure sales also declined year-over-year for the period - down 25 percent. At the same time, the total number of foreclosure starts during the first six months of 2011 was 1.13 million, a decrease of 9 percent from the first six months of 2010.

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Witnesses Express Concerns at Hearing on National Servicing Standards

At a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday, industry leaders voiced opinions on the creation of national mortgage servicing standards. While there was support for such a move on the grounds that it would protect homeowners and improve customer experience, witnesses expressed a variety of concerns, including the possibility of further complicating already complex standards from a variety of authorities; creating undue hardships for community banks; and negatively impacting responsible homeowners.

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