First-Quarter Loan Modifications, Refinancings Rise Significantly

June 23, 2010

Loan modifications and refinancings by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac increased significantly during the first quarter as the volume of permanent modifications under the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) tripled, and refinancings steadily grew under the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP).

Loans 60-plus-days delinquent also declined for the first time in two years. The data were released in FHFA’s First Quarter 2010 Foreclosure Prevention & Refinance report, which includes data on all of the Enterprises’ foreclosure prevention efforts.

Highlights of the quarterly report include:

  • Completed foreclosure prevention activity increased 75% to approximately 239,000, driven by increases in all home retention activity, short sales, and deeds-in-lieu.
  • HAMP permanent modifications tripled to 136,000 at the end of the first quarter, up from 43,000 in the fourth quarter. More than 448,000 borrowers were in a HAMP trial modification at the end of March.
  • HARP cumulative refinance volume increased 53% to nearly 291,600 at the end of the first quarter, up from 190,180 in the fourth quarter.
  • Loans 60-plus-days delinquent declined for the first time in two years, by nearly 23,800 loans to approximately 1.7 million.
  • Approximately 66% of loan modifications completed in the fourth quarter lowered borrowers’ monthly payments by over 20%.

View the full report [pdf]