According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, mortgages entering into indulgence related to coronavirus continued to decline as the interest rate fell 6 basis points between September 21 and 27.
Forbearance mortgages account for 6.81% – about 3.4 million – of all outstanding loans, compared to 6.87% the week before. The share of forborne lending to independent mortgage lenders fell from 7.23% to 7.19%, while depositaries fell even further, 7.03% from 7.11% during this period.
"Beginning in late September, there has been a slow and steady decline in the forbearance percentage attributable to a sustained decline in the GSE credit percentage and what appears to be a large amount in the Ginnie Mae portfolio," said Mike Fratantoni, the senior vice president and chief economist from MBA said in a press release. "The significant labor exodus, more than six months into the pandemic, is still causing financial problems for millions of homeowners. As a result, more than 70% of leniency loans are in renewal."
The leniency rate of compliant mortgages – bought by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – decreased from 4.46% to 4.39% for the 17th straight week. Ginnie Mae's loans – Federal Housing Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Department of Agriculture – actually rose 1 basis point to 9.16%.
Forgiving private label securities and portfolio loans – products not regulated under the Coronavirus Relief Act – rose from 10.52% to 10.39%.
A 70.07% stake in all forborne mortgages is in expanded plans, with 28.5% in the initial forbearance phase and the remaining 1.43% re-entering the forbearance after a previous exit.
Forbearance requests as a percentage of the service portfolio volume decreased from 0.11% to 0.08%, while the call center volume as a percentage of the portfolio volume decreased from 8.3% to 6.8%.
The MBA sample for this week's survey includes a total of 50 servicers with 26 independent mortgage lenders and 22 custodians. The sample also included two subservicers. In relation to the number of units, the respondents accounted for around 74% or 37.1 million of the outstanding first liens.