MIAMI, Fla. — Bank Foreclosures Sale reports that “Making Home Affordable,” a $75 billion federal government-backed initiative to keep up to seven to nine million Americans in their homes by preventing avoidable foreclosures, may have an uphill battle. The Associated Press recently revealed news from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Office of Thrift Supervision report, that more than 50 percent of distressed homeowners who had their home loans modified in the first half of 2008 “missed at least two months of payments a year later.”
Job loss is the main culprit. Unemployed homeowners can’t afford their mortgages because cash flow is less or non-existent. The good news is that the housing recovery program is still in its early stages. To date, only 12 percent of eligible borrowers nationwide (360,000) have taken advantage of the opportunity.
In addition, according to data released by the Labor Department, in August, jobless rates were down in most metro areas. “This is a positive sign, but the road ahead is still rocky,” says Jack Cooksey, real estate expert for Bank Foreclosures Sale.
Also, other real estate reports indicate that there has been a slight improvement in existing home sales, but national forecasts are still not optimistic. Hundreds of thousands of homeowners are still unable to make their mortgage payments and are being forced into foreclosure.
Bank Foreclosures Sale, the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, reported that for the month of August, foreclosure filings, default notices and scheduled auctions and bank repossessions totaled 358,471.
“While this is a decrease of less than one percent from the previous month,” explains Cooksey, “it’s still an increase of nearly 18 percent from August 2008. There’s still a large supply of foreclosure properties in the pipeline.”
Bank Foreclosures Sale provides foreclosure information and advice to real estate investors and first-home buyers. Its database is updated daily and contains more than 2 million foreclosure listings.
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