Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Fannie, Freddie mortgage modifications drop 28% in 1Q

What you are seeing here is the slow winding down and eventually shut down of this program.  As more home drop in value this program will no longer be able to function.  And there some political pressure to stop propping up home values.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac servicers provided 86,201 modifications in the first quarter, down 28% from the previous quarter, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
The drop comes after modifications fell 18% in the fourth quarter. Combined with repayment and forbearance plans, servicers retained nearly 144,000 homes in the period. Servicers also started 260,000 foreclosures, and although that is down from 310,000 from the previous quarter, it's nearly double the amount of homes retained.
Servicers provided 26,00 permanent workouts under the Home Affordable Modification Program, up from 17,000 in the previous three months. Another 64,000 loans were put into active HAMP trials, meaning the majority of the modification activity for Fannie and Freddie mortgages went through HAMP.
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