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The Obama Administration’s Efforts
To Stabilize The Housing Market
and Help American Homeowners
February 2014

U.S. Department of Housing and UrbanUrban Development | U.S. Department of theand Research
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The Administration’s goal remains to stabilize the housing market and provide
security for homeowners. To meet these objectives in a 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 MortgageBacked Securities purchase programs have helped to keep mortgage interest
rates at record lows for more than a year. More detail on the Administration’s
efforts can be found in the Appendix.

February 2014 Scorecard on Administration’s
Comprehensive Housing Initiative

•

Repossessions Are Down. A total of 30,226 U.S. properties were
repossessed by lenders (Real Estate Owned, or REO) in January, down
40 percent from one year ago—to their lowest level since July 2007.
Completed foreclosures were 4 percent below their December level.
(Source: Realty Trac).

•

The Neighborhood Stabilization Program continues to help
communities across all 50 states address foreclosed and
abandoned homes. During the fourth quarter of 2013, grantees report
cumulative completions of newly constructed or rehabilitated housing units
under NSP topping 32,000 units, while direct assistance to homeowners
reached the 10,800 mark, signaling strong progress toward achieving
projected activity under the NSP1, NSP2, and NSP3 programs.

•

HARP Has Helped 3 Million Underwater Homeowners.
As of November 2013, FHFA reports HARP (Home Affordable Refinance
Program) reached a significant milestone by helping more than 3 million
underwater homeowners refinance their homes. Refinance volume has
continued to decrease, however, as mortgage rates rise.

•

The Administration’s foreclosure mitigation programs
continue to provide relief for millions of homeowners.
Over 1.9 million homeowner assistance actions have taken place through
the Making Home Affordable Program, including more than 1.3 million
permanent modifications through the Home Affordable Modification
Program (HAMP), while the Federal Housing Administration (FHA)
has offered nearly 2.2 million loss mitigation and early delinquency
interventions through January. The Administration’s programs continue
to encourage improved standards and processes in the industry, with
HOPE Now lenders offering families and individuals nearly 4.0 million
proprietary modifications through December (data are reported with
a 2-month lag). In all, more than 8.1 million mortgage modification
and other forms of mortgage assistance arrangements were completed
between April 2009 and the end of January 2014. You can read
Treasury’s MHA report here.

The President’s housing market recovery efforts began immediately after taking
office in 2009. The February 2014 housing scorecard includes key indicators
of market health and results of the Administration’s comprehensive response, as
outlined above:
•

Homeowners’ Equity Continues to Grow. According to the Federal
Reserve, homeowners’ equity is up nearly $412 billion, or 4.3 percent, in
the fourth quarter of 2013, reaching $10.026 trillion--its highest level since
the fourth quarter of 2007. Homeowners’ equity has risen sharply since the
beginning of 2012, with equity up 60 percent, or more than $3.7 trillion,
during this period.

•

New Home Purchases Increased. After declining for the last
two months, purchases of new homes rose 9.6 percent to a seasonally
adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 468,000 in January--the highest unit-pace
since mid-2008 and 2.2 percent above sales in January 2013. (Source:
HUD and Census Bureau).

•

House Prices Are Stable. As of December 2013, the Federal Housing
Finance Agency (FHFA) purchase-only house price index rose 7.7 percent
from last year and ticked up 0.8 percent (seasonally adjusted) from
November. The FHFA seasonally adjusted purchase-only index for the
U.S. shows that home values are on par with prices in mid-2005. The
S&P/Case-Shiller 20-City Home Price Index for December posted returns
of 13.4 percent over the past 12 months but was down 0.1 percent
(not seasonally adjusted) from November. Prices, however, are typically
weaker at this time of the year. The Case-Shiller index shows that home
values are back to their mid-2004 levels. (The Case-Shiller and FHFA price
indices are released with a 2-month lag.)

The Administration’s recovery efforts continue to help millions of families deal
with the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. However, given the
current state of the market and recognizing that recovery will take place over
time, the Administration remains committed to its efforts to prevent avoidable
foreclosures and stabilize the housing market.

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The Obama Administration’s Efforts To Stabilize The Housing Market andPolicy Development and Research | February 2014

Indicator

HOUSING ASSISTANCE AND STABILIZATION PERFORMANCE METRICS
This Period
Last Period
Cumulative From April 1, 2009
Latest Release

Distressed Homeowners Assisted (thousands)
HAMP Trial Modifications
HAMP Permanent Modifications
FHA Loss Mitigation Interventions
HOPE Now Modifications
HARP Refinances

13.9
13.5
44.8
31.3
38.7

2,164
1,327
2,198
3,994
3,058

January-14
January-14
January-14
December-13
December-13

464.9

389.5

9,944

3rd Q 13

Borrower Annual Savings ($ millions)
HAMP Active Trial Modifications
HAMP Active Permanent Modifications
All Refinances

----

----

284
6,068
57,924

Activities Completed Under NSP (housing units)
New Construction or Residential Rehab
Demolition or Clearance
Direct Homeownership Assistance

----

----

32,439 [62,270]
27,863 [23,995]
10,873 [17,106]

411.9

418.9

Counseled Borrowers (thousands)

Change in Aggregate Home Equity ($ billions)

12.0 (s)
15.7 (s)
45.9
30.0
30.0

(r)

(b,s)
(b,s)
(b,s)

3,941.0

(r)

4th Q 13
4th Q 13
4th Q 13
4th Q 13
4th Q 13
4th Q 13
4th Q 13

HOUSING MARKET FACT SHEET
Indicator
Mortgage Rates (30-Yr FRM, percent)

This Period

Last Period

Year Ago

As of Dec 2008

Latest Release

4.37

4.33

3.51

5.10

Housing Affordability (index)

168.1

170.9

(r)

204.4

162.9

December-13

Home Prices (indices)
Case Shiller (NSA)
FHFA (SA)
CoreLogic - Excluding Distressed Sales (NSA)

165.7
208.4
167.4

165.8
206.7
166.3

(r)

146.1
193.5
152.4

150.5
196.6
159.9

December-13
December-13
January-14

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

39.0
385.0
161.1
15

35.6
405.8
167.7
19

38.2
405.8
168.7
24

31.4
334.2
149.9
32

January-14
January-14
January-14
December-13

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)

1,900
4.9
184
4.7
3,757

1,860
4.6
184
5.2
3,675

1,770
4.4
149
3.9
3,746

3,130
9.4
353
11.2
3,542

January-14
January-14
January-14
January-14
4th Q 13

Mortgage Originations (thousands)
Refinance Originations
Purchase Originations

784.4
640.4

1,017.6
891.6

(r)
(r)

1,997.9
682.7

767.1
986.3

4th Q 13
4th Q 13

15.3
47.0
35.3

(r)
(r)
(r)

63.0
44.3
34.6

62.9
72.7
56.2

January-14
January-14
January-14

3.9
30.3
12.6

4.4
34.3
14.3

January-14
January-14
December-13
January-14
January-14
December-13

(p)
(p)

(r)

(r)
(r)

(r)
(r)

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

12.1
33.7
26.5

Mortgage Delinquency Rates (percent)
Prime
Subprime
FHA

3.1
32.0
11.6

3.2
32.1
11.5

Seriously Delinquent Mortgages (thousands)
Prime
Subprime
FHA

730
1,135
627

754
1,147
627

(r)
(r)

1,105
1,499
740

915
1,632
333

Underwater Borrowers (thousands)

6,520

6,505

(r)

10,480

--

(p)
(p)
(p)

27-Feb-14

4th Q 13

Foreclosure Actions (thousands)
Foreclosure Starts
57.3
52.1
64.8
148.6
January-14
Foreclosure Completions
30.2
31.6
50.5
78.9
January-14
Short Sales
11.9 (p)
18.0 (r)
32.4
14.0
December-13
REO Sales
32.3 (p)
39.9 (r)
47.1
74.8
December-13
SA = seasonally adjusted, NSA = not SA, p = preliminary, r = revised, b = brackets include units in process, s = see note Sources and Methodology page.
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SOURCES AND METHODOLOGY

A. Items in Tables
Description
Distressed Homeowners Assisted
HAMP Trial Modifications
HAMP Permanent Modifications
HARP Refinances
FHA Loss Mitigation Interventions
HOPE Now Modifications
Counseled Borrowers (thousands)
Borrower Annual Savings
HAMP Active Trial Modifications

Frequency

Sources

Notes on Methodology

Monthly
Monthly
Monthly
Monthly
Monthly

Treasury
Treasury
Federal Housing Finance Agency
HUD
Hope Now Alliance

As reported. Also see additional note in Section C below on HAMP Tier 2.
As reported. Also see additional note in Section C below on HAMP Tier 2.
As reported. Also see additional note in Section C below on HARP.
All FHA loss mitigation and early delinquency interventions.
All proprietary modifications completed.

Quarterly

HUD

Housing counseling activity reported by all HUD-approved housing counselors.
HUD estimate of annualized savings based on Treasury reported active HAMP trial modifications and
Freddie Mac monthly savings estimates. Also see additional note in Section C below on HAMP Tier 2.
HUD estimate of annualized savings based on Treasury reported active HAMP permanent modifications
and median monthly savings estimates. Also see additional note in Section C below on HAMP Tier 2.
Refinance originations (see below) multiplied by HUD estimate of annualized savings per
refinance.

Quarterly

HUD, Treasury, and Freddie Mac

HAMP Active Permanent Modifications

Quarterly

HUD and Treasury

All Refinances

Quarterly

HUD, and MBA

Quarterly

HUD

Quarterly

HUD

Direct Homeownership Assistance
Change in Aggregate Home Equity

Quarterly

HUD

Quarterly

Federal Reserve Board

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 a family earning the median income has more than
enough income to qualify.

Home Prices
Case-Shiller (NSA)

Monthly

Standard and Poor’s

Monthly
Monthly

Federal Housing Finance Agency
CoreLogic

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 (purchaseonly) index for US, January 1991 = 100. CoreLogic national combined index, distressed sales
excluded, January 2000 = 100.
(Only available as NSA).

Monthly

HUD and Census Bureau

Existing

Monthly

National Association of Realtors®

First Time Buyers

Monthly

NAR, Census Bureau, and HUD

Distressed Sales (NSA)

Monthly

CoreLogic

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 in Census CPS/HPS Table 4. Estimates of Housing Inventory, line item “Year-round vacant, held off market for reasons other than occasional use or usually reside elsewhere.” Vacant
units can be held off the market for a variety of reasons.

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

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.

Monthly
Monthly
Monthly

LPS Applied Analytics
LPS Applied 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 Applied Analytics, MBA, and HUD Mortgages 90+ days delinquent or in foreclosure, scaled up to market.
LPS Applied Analytics, MBA, and HUD Mortgages 90+ days delinquent or in foreclosure, scaled up to market.
Mortgages 90+ days delinquent or in foreclosure.
HUD

Underwater Borrowers

Quarterly

CoreLogic

As reported.

Foreclosure Actions
Foreclosure Starts

Monthly

Realty Trac

Monthly
Monthly
Monthly

Realty Trac
CoreLogic
CoreLogic

Foreclosure starts are reported counts of notice of default or scheduled foreclosure auction,
depending on which action starts the foreclosure process in a state.
Real Estate Owned (REO).
Count of Short Sales for the month as reported (current month subject to revision).
Count of REO (Real Estate Owned) Sales for the month as reported
(current month subject to revision).

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

FHFA (SA)
CoreLogic - Excluding Distressed Sales
(NSA)
Home Sales (SA)
New

FHA Originations
Refinance Originations
Purchase Originations
Purchases by First Time Buyers
Mortgage Delinquency Rates (NSA)
Prime
Subprime
FHA

Foreclosure Completions
Short sales
REO Sales

Housing units constructed/rehabilitated using Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Bracketed
numbers include units in process.
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.
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.

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.
Seasonally adjusted annual rates divided by 12. Existing-home sales, which include single-family,
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
Association of Realtors ® annual estimate of first time buyer share of existing home sales.
Short sales and REO (Real Estate Owned) sales as a percent of total existing home sales (current
month subject to revision).

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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, FHFA monthly (purchase-only) index for US (SA), January 1991 = 100, and CoreLogic-Distressed Sales Excluded (Monthly) for US (NSA),
January 2000 =100.
2. S&P/Case-Shiller 10-metro composite index (NSA) as reported monthly. Implied Case-Shiller futures index figures report forward expectations for the level
of the S&P/Case Shiller index as of the date indicated, estimated from prices of futures purchased on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange reported by CME
Group. The January 2009 market trend projection reports forward expectations estimated from prices of futures contracts reported by Radar Logic. Also see
additional note in Section C below.
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 permanent 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. Also see additional note in Section C below on HAMP Tier 2.
6. Beginning with the September 2012 release, filings of a notice of default or scheduled foreclosure auction, depending on which action starts the foreclosure process
in a state, are reported for foreclosure starts. Foreclosure defaults previously had been reported as a proxy for foreclosure starts. Foreclosure completions are
properties entering REO. Both as reported by Realty Trac.
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. See additional note below on FHA market share.

C. Additional Notes.
Beginning with the February 2013 release, the House Price Expectations Chart was updated by replacing market expectations as they existed in January
2009 with expectations as of December 2011. Prices of futures purchased for the S&P/Case-Shiller 10-metro composite index, available on the web
from CME Group, were used to estimate expectations for December 2011 and for the current month. Market trend as of January 2009 is estimated from
percentage changes in house price futures based on a different house price index: RadarLogic RPX. This trend has been added back to the chart because it
imparts important information on how house price expectations have changed over time.
The Q1 2013 NSP actual count was revised for the demolition or clearance category.
Beginning with the January 2013 release, mortgage aid under HAMP Tier 2 is included in the totals. Effective June 2012, HAMP Tier 2 expanded eligibility
requirements to further reduce foreclosures and help stabilize neighborhoods. For non-GSE loans, eligibility was expanded to allow for more flexible debt-toincome criteria and to include properties currently occupied by a tenant, as well as vacant properties which a borrower intends to rent.
FHA market share estimates have been revised from Q1 2011 to Q4 2012 based on new methodology and estimates of FHA Market Share for Q1 through
Q3 2013 are also reported for the first time. See the Q2 2013 FHA Market Share report on the FHA Market Share website for an explanation of the new
methodology: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/rmra/oe/rpts/fhamktsh/fhamktqtrly.

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Appendix
The Administration has taken a broad set of actions to stabilize the housing market and help
American homeowners. Three years 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 helped more than 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 $7.6 billion HFA Hardest Hit Fund for innovative foreclosure prevention
programs in the nation’s hardest hit housing markets;

•

Launched the $1 billion Emergency Homeowners Loan Program, as part of the DoddFrank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, to help unemployed and
underemployed homeowners pay a portion of their monthly mortgage.

•

Created an FHA Short Refinance Option that helps underwater borrowers refinance into
a new, stable, FHA-insured mortgage that is more aligned with actual property values.

•

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

•

Implemented a series of changes to the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) in
an effort to attract more eligible borrowers who can benefit from refinancing their home
mortgages during this time of historically low mortgage rates.
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