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Permanent Loan Mods Hit 109,000 in Q3

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HOPE NOW has released its third quarter 2014 data, showing that approximately 468,000 homeowners received non-foreclosure solutions from mortgage servicers in July, August and September. Permanent loan modifications totaled approximately 109,000 and short sales totaled 30,000. Other solutions (including repayment plans, deeds in lieu, other retention plans and liquidation plans) made up the rest of the total number.Click to continue

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

New York State AG Sues Two Law Firms for Loan Mod Scam

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New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit in New York County Supreme Court against two law firms and their lead attorney accusing them of participating in a fraudulent mortgage rescue scheme. The lawsuit targets Litvin Law Firm; Litvin, Torrens & Associates, PLLC; and the firms’ principal attorney Gennady Litvin.Click to continue

FHFA: Delinquencies Drop in Q2

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has released a report showing that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac completed approximately 80,000 foreclosure prevention actions in the second quarter of 2014, bringing the total to nearly 3Click to continue

Consumers in Foreclosure: Kick'em When They're Down!

On July 23, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jointly issued an announcement, entitled “CFPB, FTC and States Announce Sweep Against Foreclosure Relief Scammers” (“Announcement”).1

It seems that the perps (aka “perpetrators”) are out in full force, using deception and false promises to “collect more than $25 million in illegal fees from distressed homeowners.”2Click 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

CFPB and FTC Target Fraudulent Mortgage Relief Operations

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has taken action against six mortgage relief operations charging that defendants preyed on distressed homeowners by misrepresenting that they typically could lower homeowners' mortgage payments and interest rates or prevent foreclosure, and illegally charging advance fees. In each case, the FTC has sought an order stopping the illegal practices and freezing the defendants' assets pending the outcome of the litigation.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