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Delinquency Rates, Foreclosures Dip to Historic Lows

According to month-end data from March, the national delinquency rate has fallen to its lowest point in 11 years, hitting 3.62 percent. The number of non-current properties and the total inventory of loans under foreclosure, both fell to historic lows as well. Prepay speeds increased—a typical indicator of increasing refi activity.

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Non-foreclosure Solutions Remain Strong

New data shows that 30,000 permanent loan modifications and 95,000 non-foreclosure solutions were completed for the month of February. The month saw only about 22,000 foreclosure sales. Around 90 percent of families that had a rate-resetting loan modification for the month avoided foreclosure.

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Mortgage Defaults Climb Slightly

mortgage default rates are up one basis point from February to .75 percent, a one-year high. Year-over-year, the mortgage default rate dropped from .77 percent, while the bank card default rate increased year over year. Of the five major cities covered by the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices (New York, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Miami), New York and Chicago posted month-over-month increases in the Index level, while Dallas, Los Angeles, and Miami posted month-over-month decreases in defaults.

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The Week Ahead: Freddie Mac’s Servicer Success Scorecard

The 2017 Servicer Success scorecard is a part of Freddie Mac’s Servicing Success Program, which offers analysis of servicer performance through defined metrics, benchmarks, requirements, financial incentives, and compensatory fees. The Scorecard offers metrics for both default management and investor reporting, and releases at the end of every month. New reports in the scorecard include a Rank Improvement Report and a 12-Month Rolling Scorecard Summary.

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Servicing Association Announces Leadership Changes

During the recent meeting of the National Mortgage Servicing Association, Ray Barbone was installed as Chairman of the organization. Barbone, EVP of Mortgage Services at BankUnited will be taking the place of J.K. Huey, SVP of Lending Asset Management and Preservation at Wells Fargo.

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FHFA Reports Drops In Refinances

According to a report from the Federal Housing Finance Agency, total Refinance volume has dropped as mortgage rates have risen. In February 2017, borrowers completed 4,198 refinances through HARP, and since HARP’s inception in 2009, the program has made 3,456,422 refinances. HARP represented three percent of total refinance volume, and six percent of loans refinanced through HARP had a loan-to-value ratio greater than 125 percent.

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Foreclosures Fall Below Pre-recession Levels

New data shows U.S. foreclosure activity has hit its lowest point since 2006. Now below pre-recession levels nationwide, there was an 11-percent drop in foreclosure filings in Q1 2017. Nearly half of all metro markets have also fallen below pre-recession levels.

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GSEs Complete 15K in Foreclosure Prevention Actions

An FHFA report reveals the GSEs completed nearly 15,000 foreclosure prevention actions in January, bringing their total to 3.8 million since the beginning of conservatorship. The report also revealed that GSE foreclosure starts jumped 10 percent for the month, while third-party and foreclosure sales increased 16 percent. The seriously delinquent rate stayed steady, while delinquent loans 30 to 59 days and 60-plus days both dipped.

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Foreclosures, Delinquencies Drop Year-Over-Year

CoreLogic released its monthly Loan Performance Insights Report for January 2017, which analyzes rates of delinquency and foreclosure. In January 2017, 5.3 percent of mortgages were delinquent by 30 days or more, a 1.1 percent percentage point decline in the overall delinquency rate year-over-year. Overall, delinquency rates saw steady drops year-over-year.

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Court Finds No Pro-Bank Bias From Judge in Foreclosure Case

In March, a homeowner sued Bank of America and several other mortgage companies for allegedly attempting to illegally foreclose on his property, and went on to claim that the assigned California federal judge has shown a pro-bank bias, citing that the jurist has tossed 56 out of 57 foreclosure-related cases to come before him since 2008, Law360 reports.

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