Friday, January 08, 2021

Black Knight: Number of Homeowners in COVID-19-Related Forbearance Plans Decreased

by Calculated Risk on 1/08/2021 12:42:00 PM

Note: Both Black Knight and the MBA (Mortgage Bankers Association) are putting out weekly estimates of mortgages in forbearance.

This data is as of January 5th.

From Black Knight: Slowdown in Rate of Forbearance Improvement

Over the first week of the year, the number of mortgages in active forbearance plans in the U.S. fell by 92,000 (a decline of 3%), the largest weekly drop since early November. The decline was driven by the large volume of quarterly forbearance plan expirations at the end of December, many of which were reaching their nine-month point.
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Despite the decline, this represents a troubling slow-down in the rate of improvement.
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Black Knight ForbearanceClick on graph for larger image.

The 3% decline in the first week of January fell starkly short of the 9% decline seen in the first week of July (which brought about the first quarterly wave of expirations) And it pales in comparison to the 18% reduction in the first week of October when plans began to reach six-month expirations.

While the monthly rate of decline has varied over the past seven months of the pandemic due to fluctuations in scheduled expiration activity, the average rate of improvement over the past 30 days has been -1% month-over-month, down from -7.5% month-over-month on average from June through November.

December marked the last significant wave of quarterly expirations before the first plans begin to reach their 12-month points at the end of March. As such, it’s likely we’ll see only modest improvement in overall forbearance volumes between now and then.

As of Jan. 5, 2.74 million (5.2% of) homeowners remain in COVID-19-related forbearance plans, including 3.3% (932,000) of GSE mortgages, 9.3% (1.13 million) of FHA/VA loans and 5.2% (673,000) of portfolio-held and privately securitized loans. Together, they represent $547 billion in unpaid principal.
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