There was a fourth straight decline in the number of
mortgage loans in forbearance during the week ended September 15. Black Knight
says the total dropped by 26,000 or 0.7 percent to an estimated 3.7 million
loans. That is down 22 percent from the peak of over 4.7 million in late May.
Volumes have declined in 10 of the last 12 weeks. The remaining forborne loans
represent 7 percent of all active mortgages and $781 billion in unpaid
principal.

Black Knight says there are 1.7 million plans set to
expire in September so there could be significant numbers of plan extensions as
well as plans ending over the next few weeks.

The week’s
decline was primarily driven by GSE loans, with active forbearance plans
dropping by 28,000 (-2 percent). There are now 1.361 million Fannie Mae and
Freddie Mac loans in plans, 4.9 percent of those portfolios.

FHA/VA loans
had a 3,000 decline during the week and active forbearances among loans held in
private label securities (PLS) or banks’ portfolios rose by 5,000. There are
now 1.365 million FHA/VA loans in forbearance, 11.3 percent of the total and 966,000
portfolio/PLS loans, 7.4 percent.

 

 

Forbearance
plans among GSE loans have now fallen by 32 percent from their peak in late
May, pushing the number of GSE loans in forbearance below FHA/VA volumes for
the first time since the COVID pandemic began. FHA/VA volumes have only fallen
11 percent since peaking in late May, roughly a third of the improvement seen
among GSE forbearances.

Black Knight
estimates that, even with these declines, principal and interest (P&I)
advances on GSE loans still total $1.5 billion monthly with another  $600,000 due for taxes and insurance (T&I)
payments. FHA/VA advances total $1.2 billion for P&I and $500,000 for
T&I and loans serviced for others have potential obligations of $1.7
billion and $500,000, respectively.

By Jann Swanson , dated 2020-09-18 12:37:45

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Courtesy of Mortgage News Daily

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