Billions worth of mortgages once handled by Saxon Mortgage Services received more principal write downs since Ocwen Financial Corp. (OCN) took over the portfolio.
More than $22 billion in mortgages transferred through the deal.
Just 11% of all modifications done on these loans included a principal reduction as of May. But in the three months since, Ocwen wrote down principal on 56% of modifications on Saxon loans, according to Laurie Goodman, chief analyst at Amherst Securities.
"This is not a surprise as Ocwen is in the process of on‐boarding Saxon servicing and is known to do principal modifications," Goodman wrote in a note to mortgage bond investors.
Principal was reduced on 48% of all private-label mortgage modifications in August, the highest percentage of any type of workout, according to Amherst.
Roughly one year ago, Ocwen released a program that would reduce principal for underwater borrowers to 95% of the home's value over three years. In return, the borrower shares 25% of the appreciated value afterward.
Nearly 19,000 borrowers took advantage of the program in the first year.