“These new guidelines demonstrate FHFA’s and Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s commitment to enhancing and streamlining processes to avoid foreclosure and stabilize communities,” said
FHFA Acting Director Edward J. DeMarco in a statement. “The new standard short sale program will also provide relief to those underwater borrowers who need to relocate more than 50 miles for a job.”
The changes are part of the FHFA’s Servicing Alignment Initiative and will require a streamlined approach with documents, leading to a reduction in documentation requirements. For example, borrowers who are 90 days or more delinquent and have a credit score lower than 620 will no longer be required to provide documentation for their hardship.
Updates from September, 2012
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by The KCM Crew on August 2, 2012
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency released their First Quarter 2012 Mortgage Metrics Report recently. In the report, they covered the success the banking industry is having in each of several categories regarding the current housing crisis. They found:
Loan modifications –
These are “actions that contractually change the terms of mortgages with respect to interest rates, maturity, principal, or other terms of the loan.”
Down 36.7% from last year.
Completed foreclosures –
Where “ownership of properties transferred to servicers or investors. The ultimate result is the loss of borrowers’ homes because of nonpayment.”
Up 2.7% from last year.
Newly initiated foreclosures –
“Mortgages for which the servicers initiate formal foreclosure proceedings during the month. Many newly initiated foreclosures do not result in the loss of borrowers’ homes because servicers simultaneously pursue other loss mitigation actions, and borrowers may act to return their mortgages to current and performing status.”
Down 8.1% from last year.
Short sales –
“Sales of the mortgaged properties at prices that net less than the total amount due on the mortgages. Servicers and borrowers negotiate repayment programs, forbearance, or forgiveness for any remaining deficiency on the debt. Short sales typically have a less adverse impact than foreclosures on borrowers’ credit records.”
Up 19.7% from last year.
The only category up significantly is short sales. And the rate of increase in short sales is accelerating. Print This Post
by Dean Hartman on May 24, 2012
I’ve been told that 29% of all contracts signed never make it to the closing table- that nearly 3 in 10 transactions where a buyer and seller have come to terms (no easy feat in this market) fall apart. In a more normal market, I would say 90% of deals close. So, I figured if I could point out some of the reasons deals are crumbling, maybe those putting them together could prevent some of the challenges.
1. Short Sales – In theory, they sound terrific because the buyer can low-ball an offer. They get little resistance from the seller (because the seller isn’t getting any money out of the deal anyway). However, the existing lender isn’t just accepting any offer. Appraisals are done and scrutinized. Lenders are not agreeing to deep discounts. Additionally, the lenders are still, in many cases, taking months to make decisions and many buyers are losing patience and withdrawing offers (and finding another house). Print This Post
by The KCM Crew on May 7, 2012
We believe that short sales will be a major part of the real estate market in 2012. That is why we have dedicated this entire week to posts exclusively on this subject. We hope that by the end of the week you have a better handle on the need for short sales and a better understanding of the process. – the KCM Crew
It seems that the banks have finally realized that a short sale is a better option than foreclosure for them, the homeowner and the neighborhood. It is for this reason we believe that 2012 will come to be known as the year of the short sale. CNN Money reported on this exact point:
“We believe 2012 could be a record year for short sales,” said Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac.
Banks are showing signs of being more open and willing to approve the deals — even if it means accepting less money. The average sales price for a short sale was $174,120 in January, down 4% from December and 10% year-over-year. Print This Post
New data from the National Association of REALTORS®’ Local Market reports shows that the national foreclosure rate eased from 2.8 percent in June of 2011 to 2.7 percent by December, with 113 of the 163 markets surveyed experiencing a decline in their foreclosure rate over this period.
While the improvement was widespread, the largest aggregate declines occurred in markets where the rate had ballooned in 2009 and 2010. Markets in Florida and Nevada dominated the top 10 in declines, but Seattle and Spokane, Wash., also made the top 10 despite having a small overall foreclosure rate, (More …) Print This Post
Many of our readers ask us if appraisers use distressed properties (short sales and foreclosures) as comparables when doing an appraisal on non-distressed properties. We have posted on this issue on several occasions (examples: here and here). Last month, the Appraisal Institute issued a paper on the subject. In the paper, the Institute explained that:
“Foreclosures and short sales can provide important information for appraisers, who develop valuations based on market data and market forces.”
On whether an appraiser should use distressed properties as comparables, the Institute was very direct (all items in bold were shown as bold in the original paper):
“An appraiser should not ignore foreclosure sales and short sales if consideration of such sales is necessary to develop a credible value opinion.”
And they explained the possible differences between short sales and foreclosures:
“A short sale … might have involved atypical seller motivations and so might not be an ideal comp…
A sale of a bank-owned property might have involved typical motivations, so the fact that it was a foreclosed property would not render it ineligible as a comp.”
Some will argue that distressed properties should not be used when appraising non-distressed properties. However, there is no longer any doubt that they will be. Print This Post
by The KCM Crew on August 29, 2011
Last week, RealtyTrac released its Q2 2011 U.S. Foreclosure Sales Report.
The report confirmed what we are hearing in the marketplace – banks are beginning to look more favorably on short sales as option to foreclosure.
The report dissected the sales of distressed properties in the second quarter of 2011. Here are several of their findings:
- Sales of homes that were in some stage of foreclosure or bank owned accounted for 31 percent of all U.S. residential sales in the second quarter of 2011, down from nearly 36 percent of all sales in the first quarter.
- A total of 102,407 pre-foreclosure homes (short sales) sold in the second quarter, an increase of 19 percent from the previous quarter.
- A total of 162,680 REO homes (foreclosures) sold in the second quarter, virtually unchanged from the first quarter.
- Short sales on average sold for a discount of 21 percentbelow the average sales price of non-foreclosure homes.
- REOs on average sold at a discount of nearly 40 percent below the average sales price of non-foreclosure homes.
This could be a great sign that banks are finally realizing the advantages of short sales over foreclosures.
Bloomberg.com quoted Rick Sharga, senior vice president of RealtyTrac, in an article covering the report:
“This is a glimmer of hope that lenders are getting more realistic. It’s a win for borrowers who avoid foreclosure, buyers who get a house in better condition and banks that lose less money, which is also a win for taxpayers.”
Banks are beginning to do more short sales. It is time for everyone involved to help in this endeavor. Tomorrow, we will have a short sale expert, Christopher Reale, blog on gaining the right mindset to do just that. Print This Post
Short sales will remain strong for the next several years as foreclosure inventories timelines grow even longer, according to the chief operating officer of Equator, a software platform for default servicers.
“Short sales will be very prominent over the next 2-3 years as foreclosure inventories increase and remain somewhat stagnant. The elongated foreclosure timelines coupled with improved processes and technology will lead to more short sales closing,” says John Vella, COO of Equator.
Equator reports some 775,000 real estate agents handling an average of 250,000 transactions per day access its platform.
Last week LPS reported the median foreclosure timeline now is 587 days. In May, CoreLogic predicted the number of short sales will increase 25 percent next year after tripling over the past two years.
New federal regulations that took effect April 10 are expected to add to the interest in short sales by removing barriers involving second liens. Prior to this change, secondary lien holders were unlikely to receive any portion of the proceeds of the sale. This likelihood was increased if the property was in a state of negative equity. The secondary lien holder could block the approval of the short sale by refusing signoff on zero pay-off.
Due to the change in the laws regulating short sales there are now incentives for secondary lien holders to approve the sales. There is also an incentive for the seller to pursue this option. Secondary lien holders will receive a portion of the sale proceeds; an amount of at least $3,000. They will also receive an additional $1,000 from the federal government and sellers will receive an incentive of $3,000 for relocation expenses.
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