Nearly 31,000 borrowers with Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) loans forfeited their homes through a short sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure during the 2nd quarter of 2010. This is a 27% increase over the 24,000 transactions completed during the 1st quarter of 2010.
During the same period last year there were 11,700 transactions up from 3,000 the year before.
Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) also reported that loan modification and refinancing by FNMA and FMCC were up in the second quarter. The Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) increased 65% while refinancing under the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) increased by 30%. Loan servicers completed 171,200 permanent loan modifications on these types of loans thru HAMP and nearly 88,600 borrowers in HAMP trials transitioned to permanent modifications bringing the two companies HAMP numbers to nearly 225,000. FHFA’s report also stated that approximately 202,000 of the borrowers were in a HAMP trial period at the end of the 2nd quarter, compared to nearly 448,100 at the end of the first quarter. That means minus the 88,600 permanent modifications 157,500 homeowners’ HAMP trials were cancelled as a result of missed payments or inadequate documentation.
FHFA also noted that more than ½ of the modifications completed in the 2nd quarter lowered borrowers’ monthly payments by more then 30%. During this same period the two companies initiated 275,100 new foreclosures, an increase of 12%. Completed foreclosure sales and 3rd party sales totaled 112,400, up 15% from the previous quarter.