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The Obama Administration’s Efforts
To Stabilize The Housing Market
and Help American Homeowners
December 2010

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Urban Development | U.S. Department of the and Research
U.S Department of Housing and Development | Office of Policy Development Treasury

The Administration’s goal is to stabilize the housing market and
provide security for homeowners. To meet these objectives in the
context of a very challenging market, the Administration developed
a broad approach implementing state and local housing agency
initiatives, tax credits for homebuyers, neighborhood stabilization
and community development programs, mortgage modifications
and refinancing, housing counseling, continued Federal Housing
Administration (FHA) engagement, support for Fannie Mae and
Freddie Mac and increased consumer protections. In addition, Federal
Reserve and Treasury MBS purchase programs have helped to keep
mortgage interest rates at record lows over the past year. More detail
on the Administration’s efforts can be found in the Appendix.

December 2010 Scorecard on Administration’s
Comprehensive Housing Initiative
The President’s housing market recovery efforts began immediately after
taking office in February 2009. Data in the scorecard also show that
the recovery in the housing market continues to remain fragile. While the
recovery will take place over time, the Administration remains committed
to its efforts to prevent avoidable foreclosures and stabilize the housing
market. The December 2010 housing scorecard includes the following
key indicators of market health and results of the Administration’s
comprehensive response, as outlined above:
•

Foreclosure starts and completions dropped significantly
in November. As lenders review internal procedures related
to foreclosure processing, many foreclosure actions have been

delayed leading to a 21 percent drop in foreclosure activity in
November. While this is the biggest month over month decrease
since 2005, the decline is likely to be temporary as lenders
eventually revise and resubmit foreclosure paperwork in the
coming months.
•

As expected with the expiration of the Homebuyer Tax
Credit, new and existing home sales have remained
below levels seen in the first half of 2010. However, this
month’s report also shows that home prices and home equity
declined moderately, as prices remain unsettled at this fragile
stage of the recovery.

•

More than 3.9 million loss mitigation actions were
started between April 2009 and the end of October
2010 —more than double the number of foreclosure
completions during that time. These actions included over
1.4 million Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP)
trial modification starts, more than 600,000 Federal Housing
Administration (FHA) loss mitigation and early delinquency
interventions, and nearly 1.8 million proprietary modifications
under HOPE Now. While some homeowners may have received
help from more than one program, the number of agreements
offered were more than double the number of foreclosure
completions for the same period (1.7 million). To view the
November HAMP Servicer Performance Report, visit:
http://www.financialstability.gov/docs/Nov%202010%20
MHA%20Report.pdf.

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development | Office of Help Development and Research
The Obama Administration’s Efforts To Stabilize The Housing Market and Policy American Homeowners | December 2010

HOUSING ASSISTANCE AND STABILIZATION PERFORMANCE METRICS
Indicator

Distressed Homeowners Assisted (thousands)
HAMP Trial Modifications
HAMP Permanent Modifications
FHA Loss Mitigation Interventions
HOPE Now Modifications
Counseled Borrowers (thousands)
Borrower Annual Savings ($ millions)
HAMP Trial Modifications
HAMP Permanent Modifications
All Refinances
Activities Completed Under NSP (housing units)
New Construction or Residential Rehab
Demolition or Clearance
Direct Homeownership Assistance
Change in Aggregate Home Equity ($ billions)

This Period

Last Period

Cumulative From Apr 1, 2009

Latest Release

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30.0
52.5
100.9

26.1
23.8
31.9
119.6

1,426.8
549.6
652.5
1,896.0

714

839

4,272

2nd Q 10

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1,103
2,925
15,228

3rd Q 10
3rd Q 10
3rd Q 10

210 (p)
165 (p)
1,040 (p)
–584

3,033
1,041
1,147

9,459
3,152
4,808

139

November-10
November-10
November-10
October-10

[41,168] (b) 3rd Q 10
[9,158] (b) 3rd Q 10
[19,272] (b) 3rd Q 10
452

3rd Q 10

HOUSING MARKET FACT SHEET
Indicator

Mortgage Rates (30-Yr FRM, percent)

This Period

4.83

Last Period

4.61

Year Ago

4.94

As of Dec 2008

5.10

Latest Release
16-Dec-10

Housing Affordability (index)

184.2

180.5

170.4

166.3

October-10

Home Prices (indices)
Case Shiller (NSA)
FHFA (SA)

147.5
190.5

148.6
191.8

146.6
197.1

150.5
198.7

September-10
September-10

Home Sales (thousands, SA)
New
Existing
First Time Buyers

23.6
369.2
184.6 (p)

25.7
377.5
189.5

33.0
498.3
249.7

31.4
395.0
174.8

October-10
October-10
October-10

Housing Supply
Existing Homes for Sale (thousands, NSA)
Existing Homes - Months’ Supply (months)
New Homes for Sale (thousands, SA)
New Homes for Sale - Months’ Supply (months, SA)
Vacant Units Held Off Market (thousands)

3,864
10.5
202
8.6
3,557

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203
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3,565
7.2
242
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3,396

3,700
9.4
353
11.2
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October-10
October-10
October-10
October-10
3rd Q 10

Mortgage Originations (thousands)
Refinance Originations
Purchase Originations

1,371
532

1,145
833

1,281
1,047

767
986

67.5
112.5
95.7

62.9
72.7
56.2

November-10
November-10
November-10

3rd Q 10
3rd Q 10

FHA Originations (thousands)
Refinance Originations
Purchase Originations
Purchases by First Time Buyers

54.9 (p)
59.3 (p)
41.5 (p)

55.9 (r)
60.7 (r)
40.7 (r)

Mortgage Delinquency Rates (percent)
Prime
Subprime
FHA

4.9
35.7
12.7

5.2
36.5
12.4

6.4
38.1
14.7

4.4
34.1
14.3

November-10
November-10
November-10

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1,916
589

1,683
1,905
547

1,955
2,065
530

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1,642
333

November-10
November-10
November-10

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10,971

10,698

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115.8
76.7
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103.0
78.9
13.9

Seriously Delinquent Mortgages (thousands)
Prime
Subprime
FHA
Underwater Borrowers (thousands)
Foreclosure Actions (thousands)
Notice of Default (Foreclosure Starts)
Notice of Foreclosure Sale
Foreclosure Completions
Short Sales

79.0
116.0
67.4
17.6 (p)

100.6
138.4
93.2
20.8 (r)

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3rd Q 10
November-10
November-10
November-10
September-10

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development | Office of Help Development and Research
The Obama Administration’s Efforts To Stabilize The Housing Market and Policy American Homeowners | December 2010

A. Items in Tables

SOURCES AND METHODOLOGY

Description

Frequency

Sources

Notes on Methodology

Distressed Homeowners Assisted
HAMP Trial Modifications
HAMP Permanent Modifications
FHA Loss Mitigation Interventions
HOPE Now Modifications

Monthly
Monthly
Monthly
Monthly

Treasury
Treasury
HUD
Hope Now Alliance

As reported.
As reported.
All FHA loss mitigation and early delinquency interventions.
All proprietary modifications completed.

Counseled Borrowers (thousands)

Quarterly

HUD

Housing counseling activity reported by all HUD-approved housing counselors.

Borrower Annual Savings
HAMP Trial Modifications

Quarterly

HUD, Treasury, and Freddie Mac

HAMP Permanent Modifications

Quarterly

HUD and Treasury

All Refinances

Quarterly

HUD, and MBA

HUD estimate of annualized savings based on Treasury reported active HAMP trial modifications
and Freddie Mac monthly savings estimates.
HUD estimate of annualized savings based on Treasury reported active HAMP permanent
modifications and median monthly savings estimates.
Refinance originations (see below) multiplied by HUD estimate of annualized savings per refinance.

Quarterly

HUD

Demolition or Clearance

Quarterly

HUD

Direct Homeownership Assistance

Quarterly

HUD

Change in Aggregate Home Equity

Quarterly

Federal Reserve Board

Difference in aggregate household owners’ equity in real estate as reported in the Federal
Reserve Board’s Flow of Funds Accounts of the United States for stated time period.

Mortgage Rates (30-Yr FRM)

Weekly

Freddie Mac

Primary Mortgage Market Survey, as reported for 30-Year fixed rate mortgages (FRM).

Housing Affordability

Monthly

National Association of Realtors ® NAR’s composite housing affordability index as reported. A value of 100 means that a
family with the median income has exactly enough income to qualify for a mortgage on a
median-priced home. An index above 100 signifies that family earning the median income
has more than enough income to qualify.

Home Prices
Case-Shiller (NSA)

Monthly

Standard and Poor’s

Monthly

Federal Housing Finance Agency

Monthly

HUD and Census Bureau

Completed Activities Under NSP (housing units)
New Construction or Residential Rehab

FHFA (SA)
Home Sales (SA)
New
Existing

Monthly

First Time Buyers

Monthly

Housing units constructed/rehabilitated using Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
Bracketed numbers include units in process, to be completed by 3/2013.
Housing units demolished/cleared using Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Bracketed
numbers as above.
Completed downpayment assistance or non-amortizing second mortgages by grantee to
make purchase of NSP unit affordable. Bracketed numbers as above.

Case-Shiller 20-metro composite index, January 2000 = 100. Standard and Poor’s
recommends use of not seasonally adjusted index when making monthly comparisons.
FHFA monthly (purchase-only) index for US, January 1991 = 100.

Seasonally adjusted annual rates divided by 12. A newly constructed house is considered
sold when either a sales contract has been signed or a deposit accepted, even if this occurs
before construction has actually started.
National Association of Realtors ® Seasonally adjusted annual rates divided by 12. Existing-home sales, which include singlefamily, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, are based on transaction closings. This differs
from the U.S. Census Bureau’s series on new single-family home sales, which are based on
contracts or the acceptance of a deposit.
Sum of seasonally adjusted new and existing home sales (above) multiplied by National
NAR, Census Bureau, and HUD
Association of Realtors ® annual estimate of first time buyer share of existing home sales.

Housing Supply
Existing Homes for Sale (NSA)
Existing Homes - Months’ Supply
New Homes for Sale (SA)
New Homes for Sale - Months’ Supply (SA)
Vacant Units Held Off Market

Monthly
Monthly
Monthly
Monthly
Quarterly

National Association of Realtors ®
National Association of Realtors ®
HUD and Census Bureau
HUD and Census Bureau
Census Bureau

As reported.
As reported.
As reported.
As reported.
As reported.

Mortgage Originations
Refinance Originations

Quarterly

Purchase Originations

Quarterly

Mortgage Bankers Association
and HUD
Mortgage Bankers Association
and HUD

HUD estimate of refinance originations based on MBA estimate of dollar volume of refiance
originations.
HUD estimate of home purchase originations based on MBA estimate of dollar volume of home
purchase originations.

FHA Originations
Refinance Originations
Purchase Originations
Purchases by First Time Buyers

Monthly
Monthly
Monthly

HUD
HUD
HUD

FHA originations reported as of date of loan closing. Estimate for current month scaled upward
due to normal reporting lag and shown as preliminary.

Mortgage Delinquency Rates (NSA)
Prime
Subprime
FHA

Monthly
Monthly
Monthly

LPS-McDash Analytics
LPS-McDash Analytics
HUD

Total mortgages past due (30+ days) but not in foreclosure, divided by mortgages actively serviced.
Total mortgages past due (30+ days) but not in foreclosure, divided by mortgages actively serviced.
Total FHA mortgages past due (30+ days) but not in foreclosure, divided by FHA’s insurance in force.

Seriously Delinquent Mortgages
Prime
Subprime
FHA

Monthly
Monthly
Monthly

LPS-McDash, MBA, and HUD
LPS-McDash, MBA, and HUD
HUD

Mortgages 90+ days delinquent or in foreclosure, scaled up to market.
Mortgages 90+ days delinquent or in foreclosure, scaled up to market.
Mortgages 90+ days delinquent or in foreclosure.

Underwater Borrowers

Quarterly

First American CoreLogic

As reported.

Foreclosure Actions
Notice of Default (Foreclosure Starts)

Monthly

Realty Trac

Monthly
Monthly
Monthly

Realty Trac
Realty Trac
Core Logic

Reported counts of notice of default plus lis pendens. Some foreclosure starts may be omitted in
states where the filing of a notice of default is optional.
Notice of sale (auctions).
Real Estate Owned (REO).
Count of Short Sales for the month as reported (current month subject to revision).

Notice of Foreclosure Sale
Foreclosure Completions
Short sales

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development | Office of Help Development and Research
The Obama Administration’s Efforts To Stabilize The Housing Market and Policy American Homeowners | December 2010

SOURCES AND METHODOLOGY
B. Notes on Charts.
1. Monthly house price trends shown as changes in respective house price indices applied to a common base price set equal to the median price of an existing
home sold in January 2003 as reported by the National Association of Realtors. Indices shown: S&P/Case Shiller 20-metro composite index (NSA), January
2000 = 100, and FHFA monthly (purchase-only) index for US (SA), January 1991 = 100.
2. S&P/Case-Shiller 20 metro composite index (NSA) as reported monthly. Futures index figures report forward expectations of the level of the S&P/Case Shiller
index as of the date indicated, estimated from prices of futures contracts reported by Radar Logic.
3. Reported seasonally adjusted annual rates for new and existing home sales divided by 12.
4. HUD estimate of refinance originations based on MBA estimate of dollar volume of refinance originations.
5. Cumulative HAMP modifications started, FHA loss mitigation and early delinquency interventions, plus proprietary modifications completed as reported by
Hope Now Alliance. Some homeowners may be counted in more than one category. Foreclosure completions are properties entering Real Estate Owned
(REO) as reported by Realty Trac.
6. Foreclosure starts include notice of default and lis pendens, completions are properties entering REO. Both as reported by Realty Trac. See “Foreclosure
Actions” above.
7. See “Borrower Annual Savings” above.
8. FHA market shares as FHA purchase and refinance originations divided by HUD estimates of purchase and refinance mortgage originations as noted in
“Mortgage Originations” above.

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The Obama Administration’s Efforts To Stabilize The Housing Market and Policy American Homeowners | December 2010

Appendix
The Administration has taken a broad set of actions to stabilize the housing market and help American
homeowners. A year ago, stress in the financial system had severely reduced the supply of mortgage credit,
limiting the ability of Americans to buy homes or refinance mortgages. Millions of responsible families who
had made their monthly payments and had fulfilled their obligations saw their property values fall. They also
found themselves unable to refinance at lower mortgage rates.
In February 2009, less than one month after taking office, President Obama announced the Homeowner
Affordability and Stability Plan. As part of this plan and through other housing initiatives, the Administration
has taken the following actions to strengthen the housing market:
•

Supported Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to ensure continued access to affordable mortgage credit;

•

The Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury purchased more than $1.4 trillion in agency mortgage
backed securities through independent MBS purchase programs, helping to keep mortgage rates at
historic lows;

•

Launched a modification initiative to help homeowners reduce mortgage payments to affordable levels
and to prevent avoidable foreclosures;

•

Launched a $23.5 billion Housing Finance Agencies Initiative to increase sustainable homeownership
and rental resources;

•

Supported the First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit, which has helped 2.5 million American families
purchase homes;

•

Provided more than $5 billion in support for affordable rental housing through low income housing tax
credit programs and $6.92 billion in support for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program to restore
neighborhoods hardest hit by the concentrated foreclosures;

•

Created the $4.1 billion HFA Hardest Hit Fund for innovative foreclosure prevention programs in the
nation’s hardest hit housing markets.

•

Supported home purchase and refinance activity through the FHA to provide access to affordable
mortgage capital and help homeowners prevent foreclosures.
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