The
number of forbearance plans plunged last week as those that went into effect in
the early days of the pandemic hit the end of their initial six-month terms.  Black Knight said nearly one-fifth of the plans
ended, as the number fell by 649,000 mortgages or 18 percent of the previous
week’s total. A total of 2.97 loans remain in forbearance.

It
was the largest one-week decline
, far outpacing the 435,000 drop when the first
wave of plans hit the three-month mark in early July. It would be interesting
to know how many of the formerly forborne borrowers from both waves had
continued to make their monthly payments, using the plans as an insurance
policy against potential financial difficulties. Such a possibility has been suggested
by both ATTOM Data Solutions and the Urban Institute.

The
greatest reduction in plans was among loans serviced for portfolio loans and private
label securities (PLS). Those loans declined by 228,000 or 24 percent of the
total. Both GSE (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) loans and the FHA/VA portfolios
experienced downturns as well. The GSE portfolios are down by 213,000 loans or
16 percent and the FHA/VA by 208,000 or 15 percent.

 

 

As
of October 6, the remaining loans in forbearance plans represent 5.6 percent of
all active mortgages 
and together represent $615 billion in unpaid principal. Some
4 percent of all GSE-backed loans, 9.4 percent of FHA/VA loans and 5.6 percent of
loans in private label securities or bank portfolios remain in forbearance
plans.  About 78 percent of these loans
have had their initial terms extended at some point and Black Knight says we
can expect another heightened wave of expiration and extension activity through
the next month as another 800,000 loans hit the end of their six-month terms.

Even
at the reduced number of active plans, advances of principal and interest due
to investors total $3.6 billion per month, spread fairly evenly across investor
types. Another $1.3 billion is obligated for insurance and tax payments.

By Jann Swanson , dated 2020-10-09 10:05:09

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Courtesy of Mortgage News Daily

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