Monday, September 20, 2010

Fannie Mae Marks First Year of First Look™ Initiative

/PRNewswire/ -- Fannie Mae (OTC Bulletin Board: FNMA) today announced that more than 29,000 owner occupants have purchased homes in neighborhoods across the country through its First Look™ initiative over the last year. Fannie Mae also worked with nearly 800 public entities under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) to build stronger communities. Using NSP funds, public entities purchased nearly 5,000 Fannie Mae-owned foreclosure properties.

First Look is designed to promote owner occupancy and provide both owner occupants and public entities an advantage in submitting offers on Fannie Mae-owned foreclosed properties without competition from investors. Only offers from owner occupants and participants of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program are considered during the initial period a property is on the market. Offers from investors are considered after the First Look window has passed.

"While investors play an important role in the REO market, homebuyers who intend to occupy a home make an immediate and lasting commitment to the community and therefore merit priority consideration in the REO sales process," said Jay Ryan, Vice President for Alternative REO Dispositions at Fannie Mae. "Public entities under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program also benefit from inspecting eligible properties and making offers to purchase without pressure from open market competition. These entities are making considerable investments in rehabilitation and stabilization."

Prospective buyers can easily identify how many days remain to take advantage of the First Look initiative on a particular property by visiting The First Look logo appears next to each qualifying property and there is a countdown identifying the number of days left for owner occupants and public entities to submit offers without investor competition.

Fannie Mae recently joined the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) national First Look program as one more way the company collaborates with the industry to support community stabilization efforts.

For more information about Fannie Mae-owned properties for sale and the First Look initiative, including how many days are left before the First Look period passes, please visit and look for the logo.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Fannie Mae to Host Open House at New Atlanta Mortgage Help Center September 15

Open House - Fannie Mae Mortgage Help Center, Atlanta
September 15, 2010
10:00 AM

950 East Paces Ferry Road NE
9th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30326

Ceasar Mitchell, Atlanta City Council President
Jeff Hayward, Senior Vice President, Fannie Mae
Carrie Harris, President and Founder, The D&E Group, A
Financial Education and Training Institute, Inc.

Fannie Mae will host a special open house event at its Atlanta Mortgage Help Center. The event will bring together counseling and mortgage industry partners to emphasize foreclosure prevention and highlight help that is available.

Fannie Mae's new facility provides greater metro homeowners, who have a Fannie Mae loan and may be at risk of foreclosure, the opportunity to meet directly with dedicated on-site staff and experienced housing advisors who speak English and Spanish to discuss their mortgage situation. These face-to-face meetings help borrowers better understand the entire range of foreclosure prevention options and provide an opportunity to work closely with servicers to achieve a prompt resolution.

Fannie Mae exists to expand affordable housing and bring global capital to local communities in order to serve the U.S. housing market. Fannie Mae has a federal charter and operates in America's secondary mortgage market to enhance the liquidity of the mortgage market by providing funds to mortgage bankers and other lenders so that they may lend to home buyers. Our job is to help those who house America.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

HUD Awards $4.9 million in Funding to Ease the Impact of Foreclosures in Atlanta

The State of Georgia received $50 million in HUD funding
Mayor Kasim Reed was joined today by HUD’s Southeast Regional Administrator Edward Jennings, Jr., Congressman Hank Johnson and other state and local leaders as U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan awarded an additional $50,421,988 in funding to Georgia communities struggling to reverse the effects of the foreclosure crisis. The grants announced today represent a third round of funding through HUD’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) and will provide targeted emergency assistance to help local communities in Georgia acquire, redevelop or demolish foreclosed properties.

“The City of Atlanta is grateful for the support of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “The City of Atlanta is focused on continuing to do the work necessary to purchase, renovate and resale abandoned foreclosed homes and apartment complexes and make them livable once again. With additional NSP3 grant funds we will be able to reach deeper into our communities.”

“These grants will support local efforts to reverse the effects these foreclosed properties have on their surrounding neighborhoods,” said Donovan. “We want to make certain that we target these funds to those places with especially high foreclosure activity so we can help turn the tide in our battle against abandonment and blight. As a direct result of the leadership provided by Senator Chris Dodd and Congressman Barney Frank, who played key roles in winning approval for these funds, we will be able to make investments that will reduce blight, bolster neighboring home values, create jobs and produce affordable housing.”

“Targeting these funds to hard hit areas in the state will help local leaders and communities fight blight, abandonment and work towards improving home values and create jobs.” said, Edward Jennings, Jr., US Housing and Urban Development, Southeast Regional Administrator.

The funding announced today is provided under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. To date, there have been two other rounds of NSP funding: the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) provided $3.92 billion and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) appropriated an additional $2 billion. Like those earlier rounds of NSP grants, these targeted funds will be used to purchase foreclosed homes at a discount and to rehabilitate or redevelop them in order to respond to rising foreclosures and falling home values. Today, 92 cents of every dollar from the first round of NSP funding is obligated – and is in use by communities, buying up and renovating homes, and creating jobs.

State and local governments can use their neighborhood stabilization grants to acquire land and property; to demolish or rehabilitate abandoned properties; and/or to offer down payment and closing cost assistance to low- to moderate-income homebuyers (household incomes not exceed 120 percent of area median income). In addition, these grantees can create “land banks” to assemble, temporarily manage, and dispose of vacant land for the purpose of stabilizing neighborhoods and encouraging re-use or redevelopment of urban property.

NSP 3 will take full advantage of the historic First Look partnership Secretary Donovan announced with the National Community Stabilization Trust last week. First Look gives NSP grantees an exclusive 12-14 day window to evaluate and bid on properties before others can do so. By giving every NSP grantee the first crack at buying foreclosed and abandoned properties in these targeted neighborhoods, First Look will maximize the impact of NSP dollars in the hardest-hit neighborhoods – making it more likely the properties communities want to buy are strategically chosen and cutting the traditional 75-to-85 day process it takes to re-sell foreclosed properties in half. NSP also seeks to prevent future foreclosures by requiring housing counseling for families receiving homebuyer assistance. HUD seeks to protect future homebuyers by requiring States and local grantees to ensure that new homebuyers under this program receive homeownership counseling and obtain a mortgage loan from a lender who agrees to comply with sound lending practices.

In determining the allocations announced today, HUD, as it did with NSP1, followed key indicators for the distribution formula outlined by Congress. HUD is using the latest data to implement the Congressional formula. The formula weighs several factors to match funding to need in the 20 percent most distressed neighborhoods as determined based on the number and percentage of home foreclosures, the number and percentage of homes financed by a subprime mortgage related loan, and the number and percentage of homes in delinquency. To estimate the level of need down exactly what to the neighborhood level, HUD uses a model that takes into account causes of foreclosures and delinquencies, which include housing price declines from peak levels, and increases in unemployment, and rate of high cost and highly leveraged loans. HUD also considers vacancy problems in neighborhoods with severe foreclosure related problems.

In addition to a third round of NSP funding, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act creates a $1 billion Emergency Homeowners Loan Program to be administered by HUD. This loan program will provide up to 24 months in mortgage assistance to homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure and have experienced a substantial reduction in income due to involuntary unemployment, underemployment, or a medical condition. HUD will announce additional details, including the targeted areas and other program specifics when the program is officially launched in the coming weeks.

About HUD

HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at and


Augusta-Richmond County

Carroll County/Villa Rica City

Clayton County

Cobb County

Columbus-Muscogee Co

Dekalb County

Douglas County

Fulton County

State Of Georgia

Gwinnett County

Henry County


Paulding County


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Thursday, September 2, 2010

LPS' July Mortgage Monitor Report: Foreclosure Starts Increase; Late-Stage Delinquencies Lead Rise

/PRNewswire/ -- The July Mortgage Monitor report released by Lender Processing Services, Inc. (NYSE:LPS) shows that foreclosure starts are on the rise, with seriously delinquent loans - those six or more months delinquent - dominating new foreclosure actions.

The increase in foreclosure starts is consistent with the Department of Treasury's latest report that approximately half of all Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) trial modifications resulted in cancellation, though 45.4 percent of those have resulted in alternative (non-HAMP) modifications.

Delinquent and foreclosure inventories continue to stabilize but have yet to show annual declines. Continuing the trend from June, agency prime loans have seen the greatest month-over-month increase in foreclosure inventory and the second highest percentage increase since January 2009. Only non-agency jumbo prime loans have experienced a greater increase during the same period, but the month-over-month results indicate that this inventory has begun to decline.

The report also shows that approximately 895,000 loans that were current at the beginning of January are at least 60 days delinquent or in foreclosure as of the end of July - a month-over-month increase of 120,000 loans. Cure rates remain steady overall, but seriously delinquent cures have declined significantly, by approximately 25 percent, which is consistent with the decline in permanent modifications established during the month of July.

Other key results from LPS' latest Mortgage Monitor report include:

           Total U.S. loan delinquency
           rate:                           9.33 percent
           Total U.S. foreclosure
           inventory rate:                 3.75 percent
           Total U.S. non-current* loan
           rate:                           13.08 percent
           States with most non-current*    Florida, Nevada, Mississippi,
           loans:                           Georgia, Arizona
           States with the fewest non-      North Dakota, South Dakota,
           current* loans:                  Alaska, Wyoming, Montana

  *Non-current totals combine foreclosures and delinquencies as a
   percent of active loans in that state.
  Note: Totals based on LPS Applied Analytics' loan-level database of
   mortgage assets.

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Number of Foreclosures in August, 2010 Still Falling

/PRNewswire/ -- Foreclosure Deals, an online leader in the foreclosed homes for sale listings and information industry, announced today that foreclosures increased by 4% nationwide during July and still have fall in the month of August. The month's total of 325,225 homes represents a 10% decrease from foreclosure totals in June 2009, and indicate that the trend of rising bank repossessions is continuing well into the summer.

Using statistics drawn from the Foreclosure Deals database of foreclosure properties, the company revealed that bank repossessions, also known as REO properties, totaled 94,500 during July with a drop of less than 1% in the month of August, nearly matching the single-month record. Bank repossessions represent the final stage of the foreclosure process, but are still sold for discounts as bank owned homes. Notices of default, which mark a new foreclosure, were up 1% in July, but down over 28% from July of 2009.

The trend of increasing bank repossessions and fewer Notice of Default has been the case for several months, but experts are careful to point out that it does not signal that the foreclosure market is flagging.

"Foreclosure totals are up over 300,000 for the month of August, and that's a huge number," remarked James Foxx, a business analyst with Foreclosure Deals. "A lot of bank repos are occurring because they're finally clearing out the huge log of properties that have been in foreclosure limbo due to moratoriums, loan negotiations and similar delays. Notices of default are down, but a lot of that has to do with foreclosure prevention programs. So we're cutting down on new foreclosures, but there are still plenty of bank-owned homes out there, keeping the foreclosure inventory high."

The top 5 states for foreclosure totals, California, Florida, Michigan, Illinois and Arizona, all saw foreclosures increase during August by at least 7%, except for California, which saw its totals decrease slightly by 3.1%. Illinois saw a staggering monthly increase of 33% mainly in Chicago.

The states with the highest rates of foreclosure however, Arizona, Florida and Nevada, all saw a dramatic decrease in foreclosures from August of 2009. Other states saw their foreclosure rate increase dramatically during the same time period, including Michigan, up 128%; Illinois, up 35%; Maryland, up 35%; and Georgia, up 13%.

"A lot of buyers are reporting great deals on bank repossessions," notes Foxx. "Banks are looking to get rid of that surplus inventory, and prices have been very competitive."

Foreclosure Deals is a leading source for detailed foreclosure listings, news and information for buyers and investors. For more information on foreclosures or to browse listings in your area, visit

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