Number of Foreclosure filings declined once Again!

Number of Foreclosure filings declined once Again!

IndepRevBlogThe number of residential foreclosure filings in the U.S. declined by 9 percent from October to November despite a yearly spike in the number of foreclosure starts. According to RealtyTrac‘s U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for the month of November 2014 released on Thursday 112,498 foreclosure were filed, including default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions reflecting a decrease of 9% from the previous month and down 1% from a year ago.

This marks the 50th consecutive month with a year-over-year decrease in overall foreclosure activity. The report also reflects that one in every 1,170 U.S. housing units with a foreclosure process were filed during the month.

Among the nation’s 20 largest metros, those with the five highest foreclosure rates were Miami (one in every 394 housing units with a foreclosure filing), Tampa (one in every 432 housing units), Baltimore (one in every 576 housing units), Philadelphia (one in every 625 housing units), Chicago (one in every 716 housing units) and Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario in Southern California (one in every 725 housing units).

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Holiday relief under moratorium on Evictions

Holiday relief under moratorium on Evictions

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced today a moratorium on evictions for single-family foreclosed homes for the holiday season.

The GSEs will not be enforcing evictions from December 17, 2014, until January 2, 2015, for single-family homes that have been foreclosed on, meaning that families living in those homes will be able to continue to live there during that two-week period.

Freddie Mac’s suspension of evictions will apply not just to foreclosed occupied single-family homes, but to 2-4 unit properties that have Freddie Mac owned or guaranteed mortgages, according to the today’s announcement.

This announcement will bring some holiday relief to borrowers who went through foreclosure and were preparing to move.

However, there are more things than can be done to improve the life of families that have faced foreclosure.  Let’s help these families to keep Alive the Dream of Homeownership.  Yes! It is possible. 

 

Home sales hit fastest rise in more than a year

Home sales hit fastest rise in more than a year

buying-a-home11Sales of existing-homes rose by 1.5% in October according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Last October previously-owned homes reached its highest annual pace of the year as buyers continue to be encouraged by interest rates at lows not seen for a long time.

This numbers also represents the first yearly gain since October 2013. The median existing-home prices posted as well an increase compared to October 2013. From the previous year, October’s median price of $208,300 was up 5.5%, marking the 32nd straight month of yearly improvement.

The National Association of Realtors tracks completed transactions of single family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops each month, dubbing this group “existing-home sales.” As the housing market crashed back in 2008, NAR also began tracking the share of home sales that were distressed (foreclosures and short sales).

In October distressed home sales declined to 9% of the total, hitting the single digits for the third month in 2014. One year ago, distressed sales accounted for 14% of the market. Foreclosures account for 7%, and short sales 2% total average. The share of homes purchased for all-cash buyers in October accounted for 27%, compared to a 31% in October 2013.

First-time buyers remain a smaller slice of the market than the historic norm, at 29% in October for the fourth straight month. First-time buyers have represented less than 30% of the buyer pool in 18 of the past 19 months.

Inventory levels declined by 2.6% in October to a supply of 2.22 million existing-homes available for sale the lowest level since March, but 5.2% higher than a year ago, when there were only 2.11 million existing-homes for sale.

We still need an increment on housing inventory. However, Government-sponsored enterprise Freddie Mac has projected a 20% gain for inventory between 2014 and 2015, which will help supply. Let’s make it happen.

Are You Facing Foreclosure? Get ready to get more help!

Are You Facing Foreclosure? Get ready to get more help!

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has recently proposed additional set of measures to expand foreclosure protections for mortgage borrowers.

Currently the CFPB continues engaging in the outreach task along with consumer advocacy groups, industry representatives, and other stakeholders to develop additional provisions to protect consumers and make it easier for companies to comply with the rules. New proposals would give greater protections to mortgage borrowers.

Among these new proposals are a number of provisions to improve borrower/servicer communications and to clarify previous regulations, such as,

    • Protections for mortgage heirs
    • Servicers would be required to notify borrowers when their loss mitigation applications are complete and when their foreclosure protections kick in
    • The proposal offers full disclosure on “clarifications” from previous rules dealing with servicing rights transfers between firms.
    • Would require servicers to provide periodic loss mitigation information and other statements to borrowers in bankruptcy.
    • Servicing firms must also provide written early intervention notices to let those borrowers known about their loss mitigation options even after they’ve been told to stop contact.
    • Clarifying the meaning of “delinquency” for the purpose of its servicing rules. Delinquency begins on the day a borrower fails to make a periodic payment. If that payment is later made up, the bureau proposes that the date of delinquency should be pushed up creating room for servicers to consider a payment as “timely”.

A full summary of the proposal can be found at CFPB’s web site.