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Nearly Two Million Homeowners Offered Mortgage Solutions in 2014

More than 489,000 permanent home loan modifications were offered to homeowners last year, according to HOPE NOW’s 2014 loan modification data released today. HOPE NOW is a voluntary, private sector alliance of mortgage servicers, investors, mortgage insurers, and non-profit counselors. The data showed more than 1.88 million homeowners received loan modifications, short sales, deeds in lieu, or some other workout plan as a mortgage solution. Of the loan modifications in 2014, 352,000 were proprietary and 136, 898 were completed under the government's Home Affordable Modification Program.

The mortgage industry has completed about 23.2 million non-foreclosure solutions for homebuyers since 2007. Mortgage servicers have completed more than 7.3 million total permanent loan modifications in that same time period. Approximately 5.9 million of those modifications were via proprietary programs and more than 1.4 million were completed under HAMP.

“Nearly half a million families were helped with loan modifications in 2014. This is a significant number and shows the strong commitment from HOPE NOW members,” Executive Director of HOPE NOW Eric Selk said. “The industry has a multitude of solutions at their disposal, both long term and short term, and mortgage services work hard to put homeowners in solutions that are sustainable and realistic.”

About 1.57 million short sales have occurred since December 2009, while sales for 2014 were approximately 130,000. Deeds in lieu for the year totaled 28,000, for a life to date total of 127,000. Year-end data showed a decline in the number of loan modifications completed, compared to 2013. Loan modifications decreased 36 percent from 767,000 in 2013 to 489,000 in 2014. Completed loan modifications decreased 4 percent from 113,000 in the third quarter of 2014 to 108,000 in the fourth quarter of 2014. Loan modifications increased 12 percent from 33,000 in November 2014 to 37,000 in December 2014.

About Author: Samantha Guzman

Samantha Guzman is an award-winning visual journalist and graduate of the University of North Texas Mayborn School of Journalism. She specializes in visual storytelling and has skills in video, audio and photography, in addition to news writing. She has traveled to Mexico and Bosnia as an assistant for multiple multimedia projects and taught news writing, photojournalism, and narrative storytelling in the past.

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