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Mortgage defaults at 6-year low

mortgage defaultsMortgage defaults, the first sign of a foreclosure, have fallen to their lowest level for an April in six years, based on the latest DataQuick numbers for San Diego County. Meanwhile, the number of completed foreclosures in the county has dropped to a five-year low for a given April.

Ever since defaults and foreclosures hit record highs between 2008 and 2009, their numbers have fluctuated dramatically without any visible pattern. So far this year, both figures appear to be less erratic and continuing a downward trend.

Notices of default, which homeowners get at the start of the foreclosure process, fell 9 percent from a year ago to 1,323. That’s the lowest April count for defaults since 2006, when there were 554, DataQuick numbers say. Defaults fell 12 percent month-to-month…

Read the rest of this article by U~T San Diego here: “Mortgage defaults at 6-year low”.

Mortgage aid open to more Calif. borrowers

A state-run program that helps homeowners struggling to pay their mortgages now has broader eligibility guidelines, opening up help to borrowers who did “cash-out” refinances and own multiple properties, said California Housing Finance Agency officials on Monday.

The mortgage-aid effort, called Keep Your Home California, so far has helped close to 8,000 low- and moderate-income households that are behind on loan payments or close to default, according to agency leaders.

Keep Your Home California“This expanded eligibility will allow more families to qualify and receive greater assistance,” said California Housing Finance Agency Executive Director Claudia Cappio, in a statement. “We are continuously evaluating our experience so far and making adjustments like these based on the initial results of the Keep Your Home California program.”

Keep Your Home California has four parts that include: mortgage help for the unemployed, mortgage aid for homeowners with documented financial hardship, relocation help for those in the midst of a short sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure, and reduction of principal. The programs, paid for by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Hardest Hit Fund, is costing taxpayers $2 billion.

Monday’s announced changes include:

–Allowing homeowners who completed “cash-out” mortgage refinancing to take part in the four programs. Such borrowers were excluded before.

–Allowing borrowers who own more than one property to apply. Program officials said this will be particularly helpful to those who co-signed on properties for family members.

–Offering mortgage aid to unemployed borrowers for nine months, instead of six. Such homeowners can get up to $3,000 a month. To qualify, you must receive unemployment benefits.

–Reinstating up to $20,000 in past-due mortgage payments instead of the previous $15,000 cap.

To qualify, your mortgage servicer must take part in Keep Your Home California. Click here for the list of servicers.

Info: Call 888-954-KEEP(5337) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Visit: www.KeepYourHomeCalifornia.org or www.ConservaTuCasaCalifornia.org.

This article is from SignOnSanDiego: “Mortgage Aid Open to More Calif. Borrowers.”