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Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP)

More Than 40,000 Permanent Loan Mods Reportedly Granted in August

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HOPE NOW has released its August 2014 loan modification data, which found that an estimated 40,000 homeowners received permanent, affordable loan modifications from mortgage servicers during the month. This total includes modifications completed under both proprietary programs and the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP).Click to continue

HAMP Hacker Sentenced for Fannie Mae Data Breach

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Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) has announced that Sathish Kumar Chandhun Rajendran of Sterling, Va., has been sentenced for engaging in unauthorized access to government servers that hosted a Fannie Mae Web site used to support federal mortgage loan modification programs, including the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III presided over the hearing, which took place in federal court in Alexandria, Va.Click to continue

Kansas Man Sentenced for HARP Fraud

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Christy Romero, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), and Barry R. Grissom, U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas, have announced that Eduardo Garcia Sabag, a Mexican national residing in Wichita, Kan., was sentenced for one count of making false bank entries, reports, and transactions for using a Social Security Number that was not his own to obtain a mortgage loan modification through the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), the TARP-funded housing support program.Click to continue

Foreclosure Sales Rise in July

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HOPE NOW has released its July 2014 loan modification data. An estimated 35,000 homeowners received permanent, affordable loan modifications from mortgage servicers during the month. This total includes modifications completed under both proprietary programs and the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). Since 2007, approximately 7.13 million total homeowners have received loan modifications. This includes approximately 5.7 million proprietary loan modifications and 1,397,498 completed via HAMP.Click to continue

New York AG Files Suit Against Florida and New York Loan Mod Firms

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Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman filed a lawsuit in New York County Supreme Court against four interrelated companies and their principals for operating a fraudulent loan modification scam. The lawsuits were filed against Home Affordable Direct, Inc. (Farmingdale, NY), Home Affordable Solutions, Inc. (Farmingdale, NY), JR Holding Group Corp (Babylon, NY), Clear Solutions and Settlements, Inc. (Tampa, FL) and their principals, Javier Gutierrez and Shadi Soumekh.Click to continue

HOPE NOW Reports 116,000-Plus Loan Mods Granted in Q2

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HOPE NOW has released data for the second quarter of 2014, which shows that approximately 421,000 homeowners received non-foreclosure solutions from mortgage servicers between the months of April and June. Permanent loan modifications totaled approximately 116,000 and short sales totaled 33,000.Click to continue

Foreclosure Inventory Found to be Significantly Higher in Judicial States

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The Data and Analytics division of Black Knight Financial Services (BKFS) has released its latest Mortgage Monitor Report, looking at data as of the end of June 2014. An analysis of the month's mortgage performance data showed that the nation's inventory of loans in foreclosure is disproportionately distributed in states with judicial foreclosure processes.Click to continue

HAMP Hacker Pleads Guilty to Misusing Fannie Mae Site

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The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) has announced that Sathish Kumar Chandhun Rajendran of Sterling, Va., has pled guilty to engaging in unauthorized access to government servers that hosted a Fannie Mae Web site used to support federal mortgage loan modification programs, including the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). The plea was entered before U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III, in federal court in Alexandria, Va.Click to continue

Nearly 40,000 U.S. Homeowners Granted Permanent Loan Mods in May

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HOPE NOW has released its May 2014 loan modification data, finding that an estimated 37,000 homeowners received permanent, affordable loan modifications from mortgage servicers during the month of May. This total includes modifications completed under both proprietary programs and the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP).Click to continue