As many of you may know, the Department of Housing and Urban Development conducts bulk auctions of delinquent mortgages through a program called Distressed Asset Stabilization Program (DASP). Some DASP sales are large, national auctions, generally dominated by large, private bidders, and some are smaller pools, either pools requiring the winning bidder to achieve certain neighborhood-friendly outcomes or pools that are reserved for nonprofit bidders only.
Robert Finn, Public Policy Associate, NCST
Is your community in the fight against blight? Do you want to learn more about how to combat vacant and abandoned properties? Our friends at the Center For Community Progress are bringing the seventh national Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference to Baltimore, Maryland on September 28-30, 2016, where approximately 1,000 urban change-makers will gather. The 2016 RVP will consist of more than 50 engaging sessions and other learning opportunities over the course of three days.
Annie Carvalho, Vice President, Strategy and Development
In early June, a few of us from NCST joined representatives from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac on a jam-packed two day visit to the Tampa Bay and South Florida metro areas. We engaged with more than 15 community buyer organizations in roundtable sessions and on property tours across Pinellas, Hillsborough, Palm Beach, and Broward Counties.
Many advocates caution that RealtyTrac data underestimates the number of zombie foreclosures, which are hard to count.
WASHINGTON — Buyers of nonperforming Federal Housing Administration loans will have to evaluate borrowers for principal reductions and abide by new restrictions issued by the Department of Housing and Development on Thursday. "Certain families with distressed mortgages insured by FHA may soon be eligible for a reduction of their outstanding loan amounts should their mortgages be sold through the Distressed Asset Stabilization Program," HUD said in a press release.
Yet the results, released Thursday, also show that a significant percentage of loans sold to investors had better outcomes than nonperforming loans in the portfolios of Fannie and Freddie, according to Laurie Goodman, co-director of the Housing Finance Policy Center at the Urban Institute.
Eight months after the loans were sold, 21% of the borrowers avoided foreclosure while 16% were foreclosed upon, according to the FHFA report. That compares to 14% of borrowers of loans held in GSE portfolios who avoided foreclosure and 20% who were foreclosed upon.
In some states, legislative fixes repurposed to go after owner-occupied housing. Many advocates caution that RealtyTrac data underestimates the number of zombie foreclosures, which are hard to count.
Today, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced a suite of changes to its Distressed Asset Sales Program (DASP) that will significantly improve the program's effect on homeowners, neighborhoods, and the housing market. These changes include requiring buyers of delinquent mortgages to offer principal reduction and sustainable modifications to qualified homeowners, prohibiting buyers from walking away from vacant properties, instituting a series of changes aimed at increasing the number of note sales to nonprofits and municipalities, and increasing the transparency of the program.
As part of our policy work, NCST has been monitoring "fast-track foreclosure" laws, which aim to prevent neighborhood blight by enabling abandoned homes to pass through the foreclosure process more quickly. Last month, Ohio passed a fast-track bill that many are considering a template for future legislation in other states. In considering whether this bill is truly a national model, NCST has contemplated whether the law appropriately speeds the process without harming homeowners or neighborhoods. In the case of the Ohio statute, we believe the verdict is decidedly mixed.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will offer principal reduction to certain seriously delinquent, underwater borrowers who are still struggling in the aftermath of the financial crisis to help them avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes. The new Principal Reduction Modification program is a one-time offering for borrowers whose loans are owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac and who meet specific eligibility criteria. The modification will be available to owner-occupant borrowers who are 90 days or more delinquent as of March 1, 2016, whose mortgages have an outstanding unpaid principal balance of $250,000 or less, and whose mark-to-market loan-to-value (MTMLTV) ratios exceed 115 percent. Other eligibility criteria apply (see FHFA Fact Sheet for eligibility criteria and key dates).
Winnebago County Housing Authority (WCHA), now in its 75th year of operation, continues to provide housing, self-sufficiency, and enrichment programs to low- and moderate-income families – approximately 20 percent of residents in WCHA housing are veterans. This home on South Fourth Street in Rockford, Illinois, donated by Wells Fargo, had been vacant for several years and was beginning to become an eyesore.