Freddie Mac has joined with 14 other major financial organizations including
some of the nation's largest mortgage originating and servicing companies to
create a multi-faceted foreclosure avoidance program.
The program, which will be largely administered by the NeighborWorks® Center
for Foreclosure Solutions, will be aimed at increasing the industry's ability
to provide effective counseling to borrowers, undertaking new
research, and assisting public and private organizations to educate the public
about resources and options available when a mortgage becomes delinquent.
A spokesman for Freddie Mac stated that the corporation's decision to
contribute to the $1 million necessary to fund the program was based in part
on a company sponsored survey conducted by Roper Public Affairs and Media/GFK
NOP which found that 61 percent of borrowers who were behind on their mortgage
payments were unaware that there were options available to help them keep their
homes and 64 percent were unaware that companies servicing Freddie Mac mortgages
provided counselors to help them understand those options.
Ingrid Beckles, vice president of default asset management at Freddie Mac said
"We are delighted to be joining NeighborWorks and the other co-sponsors to launch
this promising new effort to show borrowers how to avoid unnecessary foreclosures."
Among those joining in sponsoring the program are Countrywide Home Loans,
Option One Mortgage, Wells Fargo, and HSBC.
Freddie states that the current programs in which it works closely with lenders
and organizations like NeighborWorks assists an estimated 50,000 distressed
homeowners to keep their homes or dispose of them in an orderly manner each
by state list of agencies and programs currently available to borrowers
who need help keeping their homes can be found at the link above. There is also
a link to that site at www.freddiemac.com.
The Freddie Mac site also provides a lot of information about alternatives to
foreclosure that are available to troubled borrowers.