Loan modifications rise 69 percent in third quarter

National bank and thrift servicers implemented more than 680,000 home loan modifications and payment plans in the third quarter of 2009, a 69 percent increase compared with the second quarter, according to a report released by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS).

The percentage of current and performing mortgages declined for the sixth consecutive quarter to 87 percent of the servicing portfolio, serious delinquencies rose to 6.2 percent, and foreclosures in process surpassed 1 million mortgages, according to the report. Serious delinquencies at the end of the third quarter increased to 3.6 percent of prime mortgages, an increase of 20 percent from the previous quarter and more than double a year ago.

Other findings from the report included:

  • More than half of all modified loans re-defaulted within six months of modification, with re-default defined as 60 or more days delinquent or in foreclosure.
  • Servicers implemented nearly 274,000 trial plans under the administration’s “Home Affordable Modification Program” (HAMP) during the third quarter.
  • Servicers implemented nearly twice as many home retention actions as new foreclosures.
  • More than 80 percent of the loan modifications in the third quarter reduced monthly principal and interest payments.

The complete report can be downloaded from the OCC and OTS Web sites, and

Deborah Bremner
REALTOR, 00588885,
Certified Short Sale Professional
Certified Home Retention Specialist
(D) 818.564.6591
[email protected]
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