Home prices, including distressed sales, rose year-over-year by 5.9% in March, according to data released Tuesday by CoreLogic.
The CoreLogic Home Price Index report found that March was the 37th consecutive month to feature year-over-year increases in home prices across the country. Month-to-month, home prices also rose by 2%, including distressed sales.
CoreLogic’s HPI Forecast estimated that prices will continue to increase month-to-month in April by 0.8% when including distressed sales and 0.7% without these properties
Eight national banks, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citibank, HSBC, OneWest Bank, PNC, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo saw the performance of their first-lien mortgages improved in the fourth quarter of 2014, while the delinquency rate on those mortgages and the foreclosure activity continued to decline, according to a quarterly report on mortgage performance by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released Friday.
The mortgages covered in the report comprised about 45 percent of all outstanding residential mortgages in the United States – about 23.1 million mortgages with principal balances totaling about $3.9 trillion as of December 31, 2014.
Foreclosure inventory dropped by 39.7 percent year-over-year in Q4 down to 315,022, and Home retention actions, which included modifications, trial period plans, and shorter-term payment plans, totaled 195,577 in Q4, a decline of 19.5 percent year over year.
On today’s new analysis released by CoreLogic, leading global property information, analytics and data services provider, reported that 1.2 million borrowers regained equity in 2014. Nationwide, borrower equity increased year over year by $656 billion in Q4 2014. Borrowers with near negative equity are considered at risk of moving into negative equity if home prices fall. In contrast, if home prices rose by as little as 5 percent, an additional 1 million homeowners now in negative equity would regain equity. The calculations are not based on sampling, but rather on the full data set to avoid potential adverse selection due to sampling, and only data for mortgages residential properties that have a current estimated value is included.
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”.