After a modest decline of 7 basis points the previous week, the number of forbearance-related coronavirus mortgages fell 16 basis points between October 19 and 25, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.
Home loans in forbearance plans account for 5.67% – roughly 2.8 million homeowners – of all outstanding mortgages, compared with 5.83% and 2.9 million the week before. The proportion of forborne loans held by independent mortgage lenders decreased from 6.27% to 6.19%, while the proportion of custodians decreased from 5.86% to 5.6%.
"Given the general decline in the share of forbearance loans, this week's data is in good line with the positive news from October's employment report, which showed more than 900,000 private sector jobs rise and unemployment a 1 percentage point decrease," said rate Mike Fratantoni, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the MBA, in a press release. "A recovering job market coupled with a strong real estate market gives many homeowners the support they need to get back on their feet."
Forbearance fell on every loan type, but compliant mortgages – bought by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – continued to lead the recovery. This quota decreased in the 22nd week from 3.66% to 3.49%.
Forbearance on Ginnie Mae loans – the Federal Housing Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, and U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Housing products – decreased from 8.13% to 7.95%. Forgiving private label stocks and portfolio loans – products not covered by the Coronavirus Relief Act – declined from 8.82% to 8.7%.
The expiration date of the CARES Act is responsible for many forbearance outcomes that open up potential problems for servicers in mending.
"Servicers are still struggling to reach borrowers who have reached their six-month grace period," Fratantoni said. “Servicers must obtain borrower consent to extend the forbearance beyond six months. Homeowners who continue to experience difficulties related to the pandemic should contact their service technician. "
A 22.25% stake of all forborne mortgages is in the initial forbearance stages, while 75.99% moved to advanced plans and the remaining 1.76% returned to forbearance after the previous exit.
Forbearance requests as a percentage of the previous week's service portfolio volume at 0.1%. The call center volume as a percentage of the portfolio volume rose from 6.7% to 8.1%.
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. Based on the number of units, respondents accounted for around 74% or 37.2 million of the outstanding first liens.