Coronavirus-related forbearance mortgages fell 14 basis points between August 2 and August 8, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.
Loans in forbearance plans accounted for 3.26% of all outstanding mortgages, which equates to approximately 1.6 million homeowners. That number fell from 3.4% the previous week and hit its lowest level since 2.66% at the end of March 2020. The share of deferred loans with independent mortgage lending service providers fell by 17 basis points to 3.46% and with depositaries by 13 basis points to 3.36%.
According to SVP and Chief Economist of the MBA, Mike Fratantoni, an increase in exits for many borrowers at the end of their terms resulted in the largest decline in indulgences in a month.
“New forbearance requests have increased slightly this week, particularly for Ginnie Mae loans, but overall trends remain positive. The incoming data continues to support our forecast of an improvement in the labor market in the coming months, ”Fratantoni said in a press release.
The proportion of deferred mortgages has shrunk for every type of investor. Loans from government-sponsored companies continued to have the lowest proportion of distress, falling from 1.74% to 1.69%. Ginnie Mae Loan – comprised of products from the Federal Housing Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Housing Service – decreased from 4.18% to 3.95%. Private label securities and portfolio loans – products that are not deferred under the CARES Act – fell from 7.37% to 7.05%.
A proportion of 9.7% of all mortgages with suspended payments due to pandemic-related hardship were in the initial forbearance period, 82.8% switched to extended plans, and the remaining 7.5% rejoined the forbearance after exiting.
Forbearance requests as a percentage of the volume of the servicing portfolio increased from 0.04% in the previous week to 0.06%. The share of call center volume in the portfolio also rose from 6.8% to 7.5%.
Of those leaving until August 8, 2021 from June 1, 2020, 28.2% ended with a deferral or partial claim, 22.7% continued to make their monthly payments, 16.1% left without a loss reduction plan, 13.2% were reinstatements, 11% changed their loans, 7.4% were paid by refinance or sale, and 1.4% have completed a repayment schedule, short sale, or replacement deed.
The MBA sample for this week's survey includes a total of 48 service providers with 25 independent mortgage banks and 21 custodians as well as two subservicers. As measured by the number of units, respondents represented around 74%, or 36.9 million, of the outstanding mortgage loans.