Thursday, October 1, 2009

Over 50% of Modified Loans in Default

According to this Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Office of Thrift Supervision news release, OCC and OTS Release Mortgage Metrics Report for Second Quarter 2009, when evaluated after 9 months over 50% of modified loans are 60 or more days past due. The news release doesn't actually say this.  You need to read the supporting documentation, OCC and OTS Mortgage Metrics Report, to see the grim statistics.

Modified Loan Performance (from the OCC and OTS Mortgage Metrics Report)

As shown in Table 3 below, the percentage of loans that were 60 or more days delinquent or in the process of foreclosure rose steadily in the months subsequent to modification for all vintages for which data were available. Modifications made in third quarter 2008 showed the highest percentage of modifications that were 60 or more days past due following the modification. Modifications made during fourth quarter 2008 and first quarter 2009 performed better in the first three to six months after the modification than those made in the third quarter 2008.

As shown in Table 4 below, Loan Modifications on loans held in the servicers’ own portfolios continued to perform better than on loans serviced for others. This difference may be attributable to differences in modification programs and the servicers’ flexibility to modify loan terms to achieve greater affordability and sustainability.

As you can see as more time passes the percentage of homeowners who stop paying their modified loans increases across the board.  The reasons are that loan modifications cannot help you if you lose your job, or have a home that is worth far less than the mortgage balance(s).

If you are a homeowner who is having a hard time paying your mortgage you should try a loan modification first even though it is a low probability proposition and over 50% fail.  At least a loan modification will buy you some time and help you in the short term if you can get approved.  I would be glad to provide you with some FREE help so that you can increase your chances of obtaining a loan modification.  If you live in the following areas, please contact me as I can help you solve your real estate problems since I am a Middle Tennessee short sale, pre-foreclosure (preforeclosure) and foreclosure expert and REALTOR.
  • Rutherford County Tennessee: Murfreesboro TN, Smyrna TN and La Vergne TN (LaVergne TN)
  • Williamson County Tennessee: Brentwood TN and Franklin TN
  • Davidson County Tennessee: Nashville TN and Belle Meade TN

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