2012-08-07housingwire.com

JPMorgan Chase went from fast-tracking foreclosures to rubber stamping and pre-approving some borrowers for refinances and even principal reduction.

The five largest mortgage servicers signed a $25 billion deal with federal prosecutors and 49 state attorneys general in March to settle foreclosure abuses and documentation problems in the past. Chase agreed to provide roughly $4.2 billion in relief to homeowners under the agreement, including principal write-downs, modifications and refinances for underwater borrowers.

To provide relief more quickly under the settlement, Chase executives are addressing the borrower fatigue with a letter sent to borrowers notifying them that their loan was refinanced into a new mortgage with a lower interest rate. No documentation was needed. Chase owned the loan.

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Chase analysts said the average amount of principal forgiven on mortgages securitized into private-label bonds was $90,000 so far in 2012, up from $66,000 last year.


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