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January 17, 2010

FORECAST: RECORD THREE MILLION HOMES TO BE REPOSSESSED THIS YEAR

Green Change - A record 3 million U.S. homes will be repossessed by lenders this year as high unemployment and depressed home values leave borrowers unable to make their house payment or sell, according to a Realty Trac Inc. forecast. Last year there were 2.82 million foreclosures, the most since Realty Trac began compiling data in 2005. . .

"This will be the peak year, and the main reasons are unemployment and house prices that have stabilized way below mortgage amounts," Kenneth Rosen, chairman of the University of California's Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics in Berkeley, said in an interview.

. . . U.S. lenders permanently modified 31,382 mortgages, or 1 percent, of the 4 million loans targeted under the Obama administration's foreclosure prevention plan through November, the U.S. Treasury Department said last month. Fewer than half of the 3.2 million homeowners estimated as eligible for mortgage relief by the Treasury actually qualify, according to Herb Allison, assistant secretary for financial stability.

"The government doesn't have their act together on housing," Rosen said. "They seem to be pussy-footing around. We need a much more robust effort."


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