New short-sale program offers relief for underwater homeowners

One of the federal government’s most-important financial relief efforts for underwater homeowners started operating Nov. 1.  Traditionally short sales, where the lender agrees to accept less than the full amount owed and the house is sold to a new purchaser at a discounted price, are associated with extended periods of delinquency by the original owner. …

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Industry’s Past-Due Mortgages Continue to Drop

How many homeowners in the United States are behind on their mortgage payments? It’s 6,373,000, according to Lender Processing Services (LPS). The number is staggering, but it’s actually on the decline, down from 6,397,000 as of the end of August, and 6,538,000 at the end of July. LPS offered the media an advance look at …

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LPS Puts Average Delinquency+Foreclosure Timeline at 599 Days

The average mortgage loan in foreclosure has been delinquent for 599 days, according to Lender Processing Services (LPS). That’s a record for the company’s regular monthly study on mortgage performance trends. At the end of July, LPS counted 2.2 million loans in foreclosure and nearly 1.9 million that were over 90 days past due but …

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Fannie Mae’s Serious Delinquencies Decline

For the 15th Straight Month, Fannie Mae’s Serious Delinquencies Decline Seriously past-due home mortgages continue to decline for the nation’s largest mortgage company, continuing a 15-month path of descent. Fannie Mae says the share of single-family loans it holds that are 90 or more days past due or in foreclosure fell 8 basis points to …

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