Meaningful Relief Provided to More Than 370,000 Bank of America Customers in
2012 Through National Mortgage Settlement Programs
Bank Provides Principal Reduction, Lower Interest Rates, Other Relief to
CALABASAS, Calif. -- February 21, 2013
Bank of America completed or approved nearly $30 billion in real and
meaningful relief to more than 330,000 homeowners and offered life-of-loan
interest rate reductions to more than 40,000 others in 2012 through programs
of the National Mortgage Settlement (NMS). The bank reported its progress
through December 31, 2012 in a quarterly report to the federal program
monitor, who released the details today.
Bank of America’s performance across all programs continues to reflect
significant progress since various NMS programs were implemented between May
and August 2012, and the bank remains on track to meet its total financial
obligations by the end of the first quarter of 2013. The figures provided here
represent the bank’s reporting of the actual amount of assistance offered to
customers. The determination of credits earned toward the settlement
obligations will be based on the types of relief and the amount of relief
completed from those offers and will be made by the federal monitor, Joseph A.
Smith, Jr., at a future date.
Progress across Bank of America’s consumer relief programs through December
31, 2012 includes:
*First-Lien Principal Forgiveness - Nearly 47,000 customers had been
approved for offers of first-lien modifications or received forgiveness of
previous principal forbearance, providing more than $7 billion in total
*Home Equity Relief - About 144,000 customers had received extinguishment
or modification of a home equity loan or line of credit, totaling more
than $9.8 billion in reduced principal.
*Interest Rate Reduction – Outreach began in August, and by year-end, more
than 40,000 homeowners who are current on payments but are underwater had
been offered an interest rate reduction at no cost to the borrower. More
than 7,500 rate reductions had been completed.
*Other Programs - At year-end, 142,000 customers had received $13 billion
in benefits from other NMS relief programs. This included nearly 99,000
qualifying short sales providing a total of $11.8 billion in relief from
unpaid principal balances on the loans.
Principal reductions on first liens
More than 42,500 homeowners have been approved for offers of first-lien
principal reduction since May, and more than 21,000 had completed their
required three monthly trial payments and converted to a completed
The program offers principal reductions to as low as 100 percent of current
value and is resulting in an average of about $160,000 in reduced principal
balance and 44 percent average reduction in monthly payments.
More than 4,200 additional borrowers have received complete forgiveness of a
total of $263 million in principal forbearance pre-dating the March 1
implementation of the settlement.
Second-lien extinguishments and modifications
Nearly $9.7 billion in assistance to second-lien holders has been offered
through home equity debt elimination and extinguishment of the lien, releasing
any claim by the bank to the mortgaged property. More than 141,000 borrowers
have received second-lien extinguishment offers providing average financial
relief of about $68,000.
About 2,200 additional loans have been modified through the Making Home
Affordable second-lien program, reducing the balances owed by a total of $158
Interest rate reductions
With most of the eligible population in the pipeline by the end of 2012, Bank
of America is confident that goals for the interest rate reduction program
will be met in the first quarter of 2013.
Offers extended through the end of 2012 presented average rate reductions of 2
percent, leading to average payment savings of $234 each month for the life of
Borrowers completing short sales may receive additional relief under the
settlement through enhanced relocation assistance payments above $1,500 and
permanent waivers of the deficiency amount.
About 23,500 borrowers who completed short sales have received a total $162
million and enhanced relocation benefits.
In addition to the $11.8 billion in deficiencies waived on short sales
completed between March 1 and December 31, Bank of America has waived any
future claim for recourse on more than $1 billion in additional deficiencies
on about 18,600 short sales completed prior to the NMS implementation.
Bank of America also reported to the monitor that it was in compliance with
all servicing standard metrics in force under the NMS in the fourth quarter.
Bank of America
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