Decline in Foreclosures Outpaces Decline in Loan Modifications

An estimated 44,000 homeowners received permanent loan modifications from mortgage servicers during the month of November under both proprietary servicer programs and the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), HOPE NOW reports. While that total represents a 12 percent decrease from the 50,000 loan mods completed in October, the most recent data show a steeper 20 percent decline in foreclosure sales and a 17 percent decline in foreclosure starts between October and November.

The 44,000 loan mods granted in November brings the total number to approximately 6.8 million since HOPE NOW began tracking the data in 2007. Some 5.5 million homeowners have received proprietary loan modifications since 2007, and another 1,297,954 have received HAMP modifications.

“As we approach the seven million mark for completed loan modifications, we remain convinced that the collaborative efforts of the industry, non-profits, government agencies and local community groups continues to make a positive impact on the nation’s housing market,” commented Eric Selk, executive director of the private-sector alliance of mortgage servicers, investors, mortgage insurers, and nonprofit counselors.

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