(Video) House of the Day: A Caribbean Getaway

Today’s House of the Day is a St. Lucia compound, overlooking a World Heritage site, that serves as a vacation escape for its owner. This compound, named Caille Blanc Villa, is comprised of five free-standing suites in Soufrière, St. Lucia. The suites converge in a common courtyard, with access to an infinity pool. It’s listed for $10 million, with quarter shares available for $2.5 million. (Slide show.)

Foreclosure whistleblowers win $46.5 million

Getting served with foreclosure papers made Lynn Szymoniak rich.

New Tenant Resource Network (TRN) Awards

TRN awards totaling $5 million were announced for the Tenants Union of Washington State and 14 other nonprofit organizations nationwide to assist tenants receiving Section 8 project-based rental assistance at risk of being priced out of the rental market. TRN nonprofits will assist, inform, educate and engage tenants at risk of losing affordability protections or project-based rental assistance.

Italian Investor Welcomes L.A. Building to Its ‘Iconic’ Portfolio

The Sorgente Group of America, a subsidiary of a Rome-based investment firm, has acquired L.A.’s Fine Arts Building for $28.5 million.

TransUnion: Borrowers with Modifications Perform Better on Consumer Loans

A new study has found that consumers
who received mortgage modifications outperformed
those who did not on new
consumer loans they opened after their initial mortgage delinquency.   The study, conducted by TransUnion, looked at
consumers who were 120 days past due at some point on their mortgages and
compared the credit performance of those who had received a loan modification
and those with a similar credit score who had not.

The study found that 41.9 percent of
mortgages that were modified during the period studied – 2008 to 2010 – were 60
days delinquent on that mortgage at the 12 month mark following modification
and 59.1 percent by the end of 18 months.

Generally speaking, borrowers who
received a loan modification and then opened a new auto loan or credit card
account performed better on those new loans than those who had not received a
modification.  For those with modifications
6.06 percent were 60 or more days delinquent on that loan 12 months after
opening the account.  For credit cards
the rate was 13.63 percent.  Where borrowers
had not received a mod the 60 day delinquency rates were 11.40 percent and
17.13 percent.

Within the population of modified
mortgages, the study looked at borrowers who had defaulted on their mortgages
but on no other loans compared to those with multiple delinquencies. The
12-month recidivism rate for mortgage-only (MO) defaulters was 38.8%, while the
recidivism rate for multiple delinquency (MD) borrowers was 46.2%.

The subset of borrowers who had
multiple defaults also performed more poorly on new credit than MO borrowers.  The former group at the end of 12 months had
a 60 day delinquency rate on auto loans of 8.65 percent and credit cards of
27.69 percent.  The group with only a
mortgage default had rates of 4.03 percent and 6.55 percent respectively.

“MO defaulters significantly outperformed MD defaulters on new loans
opened after mods even when controlling for credit score,” said Charlie
Wise, director of research and consulting in TransUnion’s financial services
business unit. “After 12 months, MO defaulters had an average 45% lower
delinquency rate on new auto loans opened following a mortgage mod, and an
average 63% lower delinquency rate on new bankcards.”

Of more than 5 million mortgage
that were originated prior to 2008 and were delinquent during the study
period TransUnion identified approximately 559,000 records of mortgage
which were analyzed for 6-, 12- and 18-month performance.  It may be worth mentioning that the 41.9
percent redefault rate at the 12 month and 59.1 percent rate at 18 months noted
by this study are much higher than the redefault rates reported by the Home
Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) which accounts for about one-sixth of
the 5.5 million modifications done since 2008. 
HAMP claims that about 27 percent its modifications completed within that
period (HAMP began modifications in 2009) were delinquent at the 18 month mark.

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