New data was released on 9/22/10 by Treasury and HUD on the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). Just over 33,000 homeowners received a PERMANENT HAMP modification in August, 2010. This figure is down 27% below the number of PERMANENT HAMP modifications in July, 2010.
The borrowers whom received the PERMANENT HAMP modifications have seen their mortgage payments drop by a median of 36%, or more than $500 per month. Homeowner’s who received these modifications saw their housing expenses fall from 45% to 31% of their monthly income.
In August, 2010, 26,628 TRIAL HAMP modifications were added to the HAMP roster. Currently there are 202,521 active trial modifications. Federal officials are pushing the loan servicers to make decisions for borrowers who have completed the trial phase and either drop them from the program or make them permanent modifications.
The Treasury stated that the most of the cancellations are due to insufficient documents received or missed or late trial payments. In addition, if their principal housing expenses are already less than 31% they do not qualify for the program.