Saturday, January 28, 2012

Why did things go better out West?

Just as Florida ended its mandatory foreclosure mediation program, the Justice Department praised Nevada's foreclosure mediation program in a recent report saying it provides a road map for other states to follow in addressing the continuing fallout from the housing crisis. Nevada, much like Florida, has some of the highest numbers of foreclosure filings in the country. In the report, data recorded by program staffers shows that since that program started, 13,813 Nevada homeowners participated. Of those, nearly 3,900 homeowners obtained loan modifications that allowed them to stay in their homes. More than 2,000 others agreed to foreclosure alternatives, such as short sales. Much like Florida, remaining participants of failed mediations blamed lender required documents or representatives without authority to take action. A drop-off in filings following robo-signing scandals may have skewed success, as well. However, the Justice Department apparently evaluated how states addressed the foreclosure crisis and singled out Nevada's program for developing policies and procedures other states could implement. See article -