July 28, 2010 by 4 Comments

Another day, more foreclosure news, more bad news at Fannie and Freddie, ho-hum…

From a story today at Housing Wire by Jacob Gaffney, we learn that the number of homes with mortgages owned by government sponsored entities (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac entering foreclosure is at an all-time high, and is still increasing.

Thus far, 1.46m homes have entered foreclosure in 2010.  In the same amount of time in 2009, we had 1.68m foreclosures, and 1.25m in 2008. According to a study by Lender Processing Services cited by the article, the rate foreclosure starts are increasing by is the fastest pace yet.

The increasing foreclosure rate may be attributed to borrowers falling out of government mortgage modification programs, or it could be an increase in strategic defaults, which are increasing rapidly amongst more expensive homes.  As home values continue to decline, we may see even more strategic defaults as underwater borrowers decide it is no longer worth it to pay the mortgage.

Apparently foreclosure rates amongst mortgages that are not owned by Fannie or Freddie have remained stable.  This discrepancy between foreclosure rates on agency and non-agency mortgages is not explained in the article.

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  • redchallenger426@aol.com' Tracy says:

    In my opinion, the reason for the large foreclosure rate for Freddie Mac loans is they take too long to review for HAMP. I started my 1st HAMP review in Sept 2009. They said I didn’t qualify because I didn’t answer my phone on a day they called. They never left a message. This was on Dec 22, 2009. We had to start the process all over again because they clear their files out every 60 days. Four months later, another phone call telling us we didn’t qualify for HAMP but they would try and put us in another program. Today, we didn’t qualify for their “special program”. All this time we were allowed to make partial payments according to the contract. Since we do not qualify for any program, we are required to pay back all the back money owed in one lump sum or “FORECLOSURE”. Exactly who qualifies for these programs and what are the guidelines? I think they are made up as they go along. We have been told many different things each time we call (at least twice a week). We followed their rules and the rep told us to make more money and then we would qualify for these programs. If I made more money, I would not need the program.

  • I’ve heard many similar complaints to yours from others who have dealt with HAMP. By all accounts it seems to be a huge pain to deal with.

  • dan@scottlawgroup.com' Dan Scott says:

    I’m a practicing bankruptcy attorney. I hear this Tracy’s story over and over. I’m not sure what’s happening but I suspect that the government required the lenders to offer the program and the folks in charge never bought into the idea. It’s be interesting to find out if they offer the program, then the mortgage gets foreclosed, do they get some reimbursement from the government or some special treatment because the “offered” the program.

    Clearly these lenders know how to do a volume program. That’s how they got in this mess.

    They are “choosing” not to set up an efficient program now.

    I don’t see this changing anytime soo.

  • Dan, I think you are correct. I do not believe that the lending institutions really ever bought into a lot of these modification programs. I am not sure whether it is in an effort to seemingly maintain a healthy bottom line or something else, but I do feel as though a lot of the feet-dragging is on their part.

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