The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today released its fourth quarter 2018 Foreclosure Prevention Report, which shows that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) completed 41,062 foreclosure prevention actions in the fourth quarter of 2018, bringing the total number of foreclosure prevention actions to 4,283,836 since September 2008. The report also shows that 35 percent of loan modifications completed in the fourth quarter reduced borrowers’ monthly payments by more than 20 percent. The Enterprises’ serious delinquency rate dropped to 0.73 percent at the end of the fourth quarter. This compared with 3.8 percent for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans, 2.0 percent for Veterans Affairs (VA) loans and 2.1 percent for all loans (industry average). Additionally, the Enterprises’ Real Estate Owned (REO) inventory declined by 3 percent in the fourth quarter to 26,485 as property dispositions continued to outpace REO acquisitions.
FHFA’s report also includes data on the Enterprises’ mortgage performance, delinquency data by state, and home forfeiture actions. FHFA publishes the report data in an online, interactive Borrower Assistance Map on FHFA.gov.