Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Office of Thrift Supervision
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2009
OCC and OTS Release Mortgage Metrics Report for Second Quarter 2009
WASHINGTON — Actions to keep Americans in their homes grew by almost 22 percent during the second quarter of 2009, according to a report released today by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Office of Thrift Supervision.
The latest OCC and OTS Mortgage Metrics Report showed that difficult economic conditions resulted in higher rates of mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures in process, which increased to 8.5 percent and 2.9 percent of all serviced mortgages, respectively, but as the Administration's "Making Home Affordable" program got underway during the quarter, efforts to assist homeowners and avoid loss were also on the rise.
Since the first quarter of 2008, these home retention actions have increased by nearly 75 percent.
The "Making Home Affordable" program requires borrowers to successfully complete a three-month trial period before loan terms can be permanently modified. The Mortgage Metrics Report classified actions under this program as payment plans. As a result, payment plans increased by 73.9 percent for the second quarter of 2009, while loan modifications declined by 25.2 percent. Successfully completed trial period payment plans will be reported as loan modifications in future reports.
The percentage of modifications that reduced borrowers' monthly principal and interest payments continued to increase to more than 78 percent of all new modifications, up from about 54 percent in the previous quarter. Also, the percentage of modifications that reduced principal more than tripled to 10 percent, from 3.1 percent in the first quarter. This trend represents a significant shift from earlier quarters, when the vast majority of loan modifications either did not change monthly payments or increased them. As noted in prior reports, modifications that reduce borrowers' monthly payments continued to produce lower levels of re-defaults and longer term sustainability than modifications that either increased payments or did not change them.
Other key findings of the report include:
The report, produced quarterly, covers 34 million loans totaling about $6 trillion in principal balances and representing about 64 percent of all first lien mortgages in the country. The full series of reports provides information from the beginning of 2008 through the second quarter of 2009.
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