Ohio Governor Ted Strickland announced today that nine mortgage loan servicers have signed the “Compact to Help Ohioans Preserve Homeownership,” a pledge to work with the state to stem a rise in foreclosures.
The loan servicers include Carrington, Citi, GMAC/ResCap, HSBC, Ocwen, Option One, Saxon, Select Portfolio Servicing, and Litton Loan Servicing.
The companies have agreed to make good faith attempts to contact at-risk homeowners, to create incentives for staff to counsel borrowers and modify loans, and to report all progress to the Ohio Department of Commerce.
The servicers will also enter into a non-binding agreement with the state for a defined period of time, with the agreements currently extended until June 30, 2009.
Ohio has been hit hard by the ongoing mortgage crisis, consistently having a place in the top ten in terms of total foreclosure filings and foreclosure rate, according to RealtyTrac data.