Tag archives for mortgage modification

HAMP Success Tally Slowly Growing

It’s taken some time to get off the ground, but the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) may finally be gaining some traction. According to a new report released yesterday by the U.S. Treasury Department, 910,000 homeowners have now received a permanent HAMP modification and 83 percent of eligible homeowners that signed on with HAMP since June 2010 have gotten permanent Read full article »

REO Inventories Decline

According to Barclays Capital, at the end of July 2011 banks held 17 percent fewer REO properties than they held in September 2010. This is likely due in large part to the robo-signing scandal that made headlines right around that time and the extended foreclosure timelines that have been a result. Loans are spending far more time in delinquency and Read full article »

Foreclosed Homeowner Succeeds in Reclaiming Home Through Adverse Possession and Public Demonstration

It appears that with enough dedication and effort, a homeowner may be able to literally embarrass a lender into reversing a foreclosure. Tanya Dennis, the disgruntled borrower who made headlines several months ago by barging into a Wells Fargo shareholder meeting and publicly berating the participants, has succeeded in getting a principal write-down and having her mortgage – and her Read full article »

Less than 3 Percent of Loan Mods Include Principal Deductions

In a report released earlier this week by ratings agency DBRS, the firm revealed that one of the biggest and most controversial topics in the loan modification industry is playing one of the smallest actual roles. According to the report, only 2.8 percent of all loan modifications performed during the first quarter of 2011 actually involved any sort of principal Read full article »

Citizen-Led Movement in California Proposes to Outlaw Foreclosures

In Sacramento, California, one citizen is taking on the lenders directly, using his “Foreclosure Modification Act” to demand that lenders provide principal and interest rate reductions in order to keep borrowers in their homes. And according to the author of the proposal, David A. Benson, the best way to make this happen is to leave banks with no other option Read full article »

The Politics of Real Estate

Few industries are as profoundly impacted by the political machinations in Washington as the real estate industry. Whether it's old legislation like Jimmy Carter's Community Reinvestment Act or Barack Obama's massive mortgage bailouts, the U.S. political machine has a huge impact (usually bad) on the business of real estate.

Ideally, we could ignore politics. But here at the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter, we insist on seeing the world with clarity - including the reality of Washington's aggressive involvement in every facet of our business, from mortgage lending to real estate sales license; from loan modification regulations to appraisal requirements... every piece of our business is profoundly impacted by politics. So rather than stick our heads in the sand and ignore reality, readers of the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter choose to be informed and prepared.

About Bryan Ellis

Bryan Ellis is an Atlanta-based real estate analyst and publisher of the widely read newsletter "The Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter". With over 200,000 subscribers - including real estate investors, agents, brokers, appraisers and other real estate professionals - the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter is among America's largest sources of unbiased coverage of politics and public policy for the real estate industry.

Bryan Ellis serves as editor in chief for the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter and is assisted by an extraordinary staff of writers, researchers and editors who are each real estate experts in their own right and who assure that the news we report is well researched, factual, and highly relevant to today's real estate industry.

Bryan is very happily married and has two wonderful daughters. He makes his home in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. You can contact the team at the Bryan Ellis Real Estate Letter here.