2020 Default Servicing Industry Insights 2020 Default Servicing Industry Insights

Industry Update
February 26, 2020


Most Default Servicers Expect Foreclosures to Increase in 2020 Despite no Economic Recession

  • 89 Percent Expect Increase in Foreclosure Inflow from Government-Insured Loans
  • Majority Expect Increased Foreclosure Inflow in Five of Seven U.S. Regions
  • 68 Percent Plan to Increase Loss Mitigation Actions
  • 41 Percent Plan to Price More Aggressively to Sell to Third-Party Buyers at Foreclosure Auction, the nation’s leading distressed real estate marketplace, today announced the results of its 2020 Default Servicing Insights report, based on a survey of more than 40 of the nation’s largest bank and nonbank default servicing clients along with representatives from government agencies involved in servicing and disposition of distressed properties. clients collectively account for 87 percent of all mortgage servicing volume nationwide based on an analysis of mortgage servicing data from Inside Mortgage Finance. Survey responses were submitted between Nov. 19 and Dec. 20, 2019, and the survey included questions regarding clients’ 2020 outlook for the U.S. economy and housing market, along with foreclosure and REO inflow expectations, foreclosure prevention plans, and foreclosure pricing strategies for the coming year.

High-level findings from the survey:
• Most respondents said they do not expect an economic recession in 2020.
• Two-thirds expect their foreclosure and REO inflow to increase in 2020.
• 89 percent expect an increase in foreclosure and REO inflow from government-insured loans.
• The majority expect foreclosure and REO inflow to increase in five of seven U.S. regions.
• 41 percent plan to price more aggressively to sell to third parties at foreclosure auction in 2020, with the remainder planning either no change in pricing strategy or less aggressive pricing.
• Eight out of 10 consider REO holding costs either the primary or an important factor in determining their foreclosure auction pricing strategy.

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