HAMP Continues to Produce Lackluster Results
Today, the Treasury Department revealed yet another scorecard for the Home Affordable Modification Program — the administration’s signature effort to stop the foreclosure crisis — showing dreary results. Here’s a good chart from Daniel Indiviglio at The Atlantic:
The government program is starting fewer trial modifications, moving on to fewer permanent modifications and kicking out more homeowners. Thus far, HAMP has kicked out 47 percent of participants. This comes the same week as a ProPublica investigation found widespread problems with the program, meant to significantly reduce monthly mortgage payments for distressed homeowners. Many have had their payments reduced by negligible amounts. Many have gotten bogged down in paperwork. Many have never received a rejection. Indeed, financial companies’ own programs to modify mortgages have worked far better.