Forbearance Explosion Beginning to Hit Mortgage Market

Posted To: MND NewsWire

Homeowners who are either already feeling the financial effects of COVID-19 or anticipate it will happen are being proactive in requesting help from their lenders . A survey conducted by the Mortgage Bankers Association among mortgage services found that requests for temporary forbearance has exploded since the first of March. The percentage of total mortgages in forbearance grew from 0.25 percent on March 2 to 2.66 percent by April 1. Loans backed by Ginnie Mae saw the greatest growth, increasing from 0.19 percent to 4.25 percent. Independent mortgage bank (IMB) servicers now have the largest share of loans in forbearance (3.45%), reflecting their focus on Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Veterans Affairs (VA) home loan programs, and serving low-to moderate income borrowers. The share…(read more)

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