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Nearly 500,000 borrowers went into forbearance in the last week

Total number of mortgages in forbearance now exceed 3.4 million April 24, 2020, 1:37 pm By Ben Lane

As the number of unemployed Americans surges, the number of mortgages that are going into forbearance is escalating as well.

According to Black Knight, approximately 6.4% of all mortgages are currently in forbearance. Last week, approximately 5.5% of all mortgages were in forbearance. Broken down by loan type, Black Knight’s report shows that there are approximately 1.573 million loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in forbearance, an increase of nearly 200,000 loans over last week’s total of 1.374 million.

That figure means that 5.6% of the GSE’s total portfolio of 27.9 million loans is currently forbearance, representing $346 million in unpaid principal balance. Click to enlarge. Image courtesy of Black KnightThe data also shows how much GSE mortgage servicers will have to advance to cover the four months of mortgage payments they’re required to front after the GSEs announced new policies this week.

According to the report, servicers will need advance an estimated $1.8 billion in principal and interest payments each month for the GSE loans in forbearance. “Having a four-month end date on the period in which servicers need to advance principal and interest payments on behalf of homeowners in forbearance is extremely helpful to our servicing clients,” Black Knight CEO Anthony Jabbour said. “Still, even knowing that time limit, with today’s number of forbearance plans, servicers are still looking at more than $7 billion dollars in advances over those four months,” Jabbour continued. “And the forbearance numbers are climbing steadily, day by day. Clearly, this remains a challenging situation all around.”

The report also shows that nearly 9% of all loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration or Department of Veterans Affairs are now in forbearance, an increase of nearly 150,000 loans in one week. According to the report, 1.071 million FHA or VA loans are in forbearance. About 5.7% of loans held either in portfolio or privately securitized are also in forbearance, an increase from 4.8% last week, according to the report. And with unemployment continuing to rise, it’s unlikely that the forbearance numbers will slow down any time soon. --------------------------------------------------------- Landon Whitt : OKC Real Estate Show Brokered by METRO FIRST REALTY 3232 W. Britton Road - Suite 277 Oklahoma City, OK 73120  Office : (405) 242-4004 CLICK HERE TO READ CURRENT CUSTOMER REVIEWS Agent License # 174290 Oklahoma Real Estate Commission  "I'm not just re-arranging real estate here. I'm reaching into peoples lives and igniting the passion to achieve better and raising their spirits to soar higher each day. That's bringing new life to the market and that's what my passion every day is all about. Changing lives, everyday."


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