MBA Survey: “Share of Mortgage Loans in Forbearance Declines to 7.01%”, Forbearance Requests Increase

by Calculated Risk on 9/14/2020 04:00:00 PM

Note: This is as of September 6th.

From the MBA: Share of Mortgage Loans in Forbearance Declines to 7.01%

The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) latest Forbearance and Call Volume Survey revealed that the total number of loans now in forbearance decreased by 15 basis points from 7.16% of servicers’ portfolio volume in the prior week to 7.01% as of September 6, 2020. According to MBA’s estimate, 3.5 million homeowners are in forbearance plans.

“The beginning of September brought another drop in the share of loans in forbearance, with declines in
both GSE and Ginnie Mae forbearance shares. However, at least a portion of the decline in the Ginnie
Mae share was due to servicers buying delinquent loans out of pools and placing them on their
portfolios. As a result of this transfer, the share of portfolio loans in forbearance increased,” said Mike
Fratantoni, MBA’s Senior Vice President and Chief Economist. “Forbearance requests increased over the
, particularly for Ginnie Mae loans. With just under 1 million unemployment insurance claims still
being filed every week, the lack of additional fiscal support for the unemployed could lead to even
higher increases of those needing forbearance

By stage, 33.69% of total loans in forbearance are in the initial forbearance plan stage, while
65.35% are in a forbearance extension. The remaining 0.96% are forbearance re-entries.
emphasis added

MBA Forbearance Survey Click on graph for larger image.

This graph shows the percent of portfolio in forbearance by investor type over time.  Most of the increase was in late March and early April, and has been trending down for the last ten weeks.

The MBA notes: “Total weekly forbearance requests as a percent of servicing portfolio volume (#) increased relative to the prior week: from 0.09% to 0.11%.”

There hasn’t been a pickup in forbearance activity related to the end of the extra unemployment benefits.

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