This post highlights key findings from our report, “Left Behind: Troubled foreclosed properties and servicer accountability in Chicago”, which put numbers on a problem that many in the Chicago region had witnessed: homes getting stuck in the foreclosure crisis without resolution, often without clear ownership and proper oversight. The report laid the groundwork for a City of Chicago ordinance and a Cook County ordinance requiring stronger maintenance of vacant homes in foreclosure.
Even though Americans are forming households at higher rates, few are able to branch out into homeownership. This post shows a visual representation of the trends that keep more Americans renting.
Courts across the country are overloaded by foreclosure cases. This map from the New York Times shows how long it would take to work through existing foreclosures at the current pace—in Illinois, that would take a decade.
Our year-end 2010 foreclosure fact sheet found that new foreclosures in the Chicago region reached nearly 80,000, even though foreclosures were halted at the end of the year as servicers examined their processes in the wake of the robo-signing scandal.
Why would a servicer decide to stop pursuing a foreclosure and leave the home in a legal limbo? This post explores the phenomenon of servicer walkaways and the negative impacts they have on surrounding communities.
Woodstock Institute collaborated with organizations across the country to study how trends in refinance lending changed in white communities and communities of color. The report found that refinance originations in white communities rose by 125 percent, while originations in communities of color declined 17 percent.
We examined how the lengthening foreclosure process in the Chicago region impacted the flow of foreclosures in our first half 2011 foreclosure fact sheet. The data showed that significant declines in foreclosure filings and auctions were likely related to record-high foreclosure process times.
This monthly HAMP analysis takes a look at the progress of the Principal Reduction Alternative program, which is meant to encourage servicers to reduce principal—and the progress is not too impressive.
Our report “Bridging the Gap II: Examining Trends and Patterns of Personal Bankruptcy in Cook County’s Communities of Color” found that women in African-American communities in Cook County file for bankruptcy at much higher rates and that bankruptcy filers in African-American communities are more likely to choose Chapter 13 than Chapter 7. Roxie King, a nurse and grandmother, told us her story about going through Chapter 13 in a video.
QRMs have been buzzing around the financial reform debate recently. This post explains what QRMs are and why they matter to preserving access to sustainable mortgage credit.