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BofA's Short Sales Outnumber Its Foreclosures

by HousingWire

BofA's Short Sales Outnumber Its Foreclosures


Bank of America seems to be favoring short sales over foreclosures, at least according to new housing data released this week. The banking giant completed more short sale transactions than foreclosure sales every month for the last year and a half, HousingWire reports. Bank of America completed more than 95,000 short sales in 2010--more than double compared to the year prior.

BofA as well as other banks say the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives program, introduced in April 2010, has helped make it easier to collect documents and reduce the time it takes to close on a short sale transaction. For example, Citigroup says it has dropped its average closing time from 120 days (from when the property was listed to when it closes) to 83 day currently.

"It's a lot easier to qualify now for HAFA than it was in 2010. All I need is a hardship affidavit and one water bill. We're trying to make it as easy as possible," David Sunlin, Bank of America’s real estate management executive, told HousingWire.

Source: “BofA Completes More Short Sales Than REO for Last 18 Months,” HousingWire (June 14, 2011)

Mortgage Applications Surge Amid Falling Rates

by Reuters News

Mortgage Applications Surge Amid Falling Rates


More people are applying for mortgages: Applications for home mortgages had their largest increase in three months due to falling record-low interest rates, the Mortgage Bankers Association reports.

MBA’s seasonally adjusted index of mortgage application activity increased 13 percent for the week ended June 10. That marks the index’s biggest gain since March. The index measures applications for refinancing and purchase demand.

Most of the spike was from refinancing applications, which increased 16.5 percent from last week. However, requests for mortgage applications for home purchases also rose 4.5 percent.

"Mortgage rates have declined for 8 of the past 9 weeks,” Michael Fratantoni, MBA's vice president of research and economics, said in a statement. “Coming off of the Memorial Day holiday, refinance application volume increased significantly, as borrowers jumped to lock in the lowest mortgage rates since last November.”

Source: “Mortgage Applications See Biggest Gain in 3 Months: MBA,” Reuters News (June 14, 2011)

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