After the pace of coronavirus forbearance mortgage lending remained unchanged after 10-week declines, the rate fell 4 basis points between August 24th and 30th, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.
Mortgages included in forbearance plans now account for 7.14% – approximately 3.6 million – of all outstanding loans, compared to 7.2% the week before. The proportion of forborne loans to independent mortgage lenders remained unchanged at 7.41%, while the depositaries dropped the average, falling from 7.49% to 7.4% during this period.
"The Ginnie Mae loan share of indulgence increased again this week as the current economic downturn continues to disproportionately affect FHA and VA loan borrowers," said Mike Fratantoni, senior vice president and chief economist of the MBA, in a press release . "As a result, IMB servicers, who have roughly a third of their portfolios with Ginnie Mae, had an unchanged forbearance share, while custodians, who have a larger share of GSE and portfolio loans, saw a decline."
The leniency rate of compliant mortgages – bought by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – decreased from 4.88% to 4.8% in week 13. Ginnie Mae's loans – Federal Housing Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, and US Department of Agriculture – rose from 9.58% to 9.62%.
Private label stocks and portfolio loans – products not covered by the Coronavirus Relief Act – fell from 10.44% to 10.43% after two-week hikes.
Forbearance requests as a percentage of the service portfolio volume decreased from 0.1% to 0.09%, while the call center volume as a percentage of the portfolio volume was 7.2%.
"The labor market continued to recover in August, with strong employment growth and a sharp decline in the unemployment rate," Fratantoni continued. "The economy is still on the brink of recovery, however, and is a long way from full employment. High unemployment and unemployment claims of around 1 million a week continue to put financial burdens on some borrowers – and especially those working in the hardest hit industries Pandemic. "
The MBA sample for this week's survey includes a total of 49 servicers with 26 independent mortgage lenders and 21 custodians. The sample also included two subservicers. Based on the number of units, respondents accounted for around 75% or 37.3 million of the outstanding first liens.