Foreclosures (1 - 10 of 28 items)
Foreclosure Mitigation: Agencies Could Improve Effectiveness of Federal Efforts with Additional Data Collection and Analysis
GAO-12-296: Published: Jun 28, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2012.
In an effort to help the millions of homeowners struggling to keep their homes, a range of federal programs have offered relief in the form of loan modifications and refinancing into loans with lower interest rates, among other things. Under Treasurys Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), initiated in early 2009, servicers have modified almost 1 million loans between 2009 and 2011. Du...
Homeownership Counseling: Although Research Suggests Some Benefits, Implementation and Evaluation Challenges Exist
GAO-11-925T: Published: Sep 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2011.
Homeownership counseling can help consumers learn about buying a home and give them tools to deal with setbacks that could keep them from making timely mortgage payments. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approves and provides grants to housing counseling agencies and has also implemented a requirement that borrowers seeking federally insured reverse mortgages through the Home...
Mortgage Reform: Potential Impacts of Provisions in the Dodd-Frank Act on Homebuyers and the Mortgage Market
GAO-11-656: Published: Jul 19, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 2011.
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd- Frank Act) is intended, among other things, to reform residential mortgage lending and securitization practices that contributed to the recent financial crisis. The act provides some liability protection for lenders originating mortgages that meet nine specified criteria, as applicable, associated with a borrower's ability to rep...
Mortgage Foreclosures: Additional Mortgage Servicer Actions Could Help Reduce the Frequency and Impact of Abandoned Foreclosures
GAO-11-93: Published: Nov 15, 2010. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2010.
Entities responsible for managing home mortgage loans--called servicers--may initiate foreclosure proceedings on certain delinquent loans but then decide to not complete the process. Many of these properties are vacant. These abandoned foreclosure--or "bank walkaway"--properties can exacerbate neighborhood decline and complicate federal stabilization efforts. GAO was asked to assess (1) the nature...
Mortgage Financing: Financial Condition of FHA's Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund
GAO-10-1066T: Published: Sep 23, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2010.
This testimony is on the financial condition of the Federal Housing Administration's (FHA) Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund (Fund). FHA has helped millions of families purchase homes through its single-family mortgage insurance programs and in recent years, has experienced a dramatic increase in its market role. FHA insures almost all of its single-family mortgages under the Fund, which is reviewed...
Nonprime Mortgages: Analysis of Loan Performance, Factors Associated with Defaults, and Data Sources
GAO-10-805: Published: Aug 24, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2010.
The surge in mortgage foreclosures that began in late 2006 and continues today was initially driven by deterioration in the performance of nonprime (subprime and Alt-A) loans. Nonprime mortgage originations increased dramatically from 2000 through 2006, rising from about 12 percent ($125 billion) of all mortgage originations to about 34 percent ($1 trillion). The nonprime market contracted sharply...
State-Level Information on Negative Home Equity and Loan Performance in the Nonprime Mortgage Market
GAO-10-633R: Published: May 14, 2010. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 2010.
The decline of home prices in many parts of the country has left millions of homeowners with negative home equity, meaning that their outstanding mortgage balances exceed the current value of their homes. As we reported to you previously, a substantial proportion of borrowers with active nonprime mortgages (including subprime and Alt-A loans) had negative equity in their homes as of June 30, 2009...
Loan Performance and Negative Home Equity in the Nonprime Mortgage Market
GAO-10-146R: Published: Dec 16, 2009. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 2010.
As GAO reported to Congress in July 2009, the number of nonprime mortgage originations (including subprime and Alt-A loans) grew rapidly from 2000 through 2006, a period during which average house prices appreciated dramatically. In dollar terms, the nonprime share of mortgage originations rose from about 12 percent ($125 billion) in 2000 to approximately 34 percent ($1 trillion) in 2006. These mo...
Home Mortgages: Recent Performance of Nonprime Loans Highlights the Potential for Additional Foreclosures
GAO-09-922T: Published: Jul 28, 2009. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2009.
This testimony discusses the performance of the nonprime mortgage market as of March 31, 2009, which includes subprime and Alt-A loans. Nonprime loans accounted for an increasing share of the overall mortgage market from 2000 through 2006, rising from 12 percent to 34 percent. Over this period, the dollar volume of nonprime mortgages originated annually climbed from $100 billion to $600 billion in...
Troubled Asset Relief Program: Status of Efforts to Address Defaults and Foreclosures on Home Mortgages
GAO-09-231T: Published: Dec 4, 2008. Publicly Released: Dec 4, 2008.
A dramatic increase in mortgage loan defaults and foreclosures is one of the key contributing factors to the current downturn in the U.S. financial markets and economy. In response, Congress passed and the President signed in July the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 and in October the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (EESA), which established the Office of Financial Stability...