September 19, 2021

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Mortgage forbearance exits pick up at fastest pace in months

Borrowers are exiting pandemic forbearance plans at the fastest pace since February, according to the latest Black Knight figures.

The forbearance volume declined for the second straight week overall, down 61,000, or 2.7%, from a week earlier. Last week the volume fell by 105,000. A little more than 2.16 million borrowers remain on forbearance plans related to Covid, accounting for 4.1% of the total. The amount of unpaid principal in forborne mortgages decreased to $ 426 billion, compared to $ 438 billion the previous week.

Forbearance numbers have declined on all loan types. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s indulgence fell 13,000, down 1.9% from the previous week. The number of state-guaranteed FHA and VA plans fell by 19,000, or 2.1%. Forgiving private label and portfolio loans declined 29,000, or 4.6%.

Last month, 38% of mortgages tested for a possible widening of indulgence were able to leave their plans, the highest percentage since mid-February. The plan starts have also decreased by 13% per month and continue to fall.

The current rate of forbearance outcomes is due in part to the sheer number that entered plans a year ago. In the same week in 2020, the forbearance volume was 4.7 million, close to the highest point for the entire year. These borrowers made up 8.8% of the total number of mortgages and owed more than $ 1 trillion in unpaid capital.

More than a million additional plans are due to be reviewed in late May and June.