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Local Governments are Preparing for Forbearance Fallout

Posted To: MND NewsWire

The economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are increasingly clear, and so are the results of some efforts to alleviate financial hardships. Ginnie Mae and the Federal Housing Finance Agency have mandated servicers of FHA, VA, and GSE (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) loans to offer forbearance plans to their borrowers and this requirement was codified by Congress in the CARES Act. Borrowers using those plans have soared into the millions. When the mandate was announced, there was concern from several quarters about the advances of principal and interest (P&I) payments servicers are required to make to investors in mortgage-backed securities even when borrowers are not paying on their loans. Servicers are also responsible for homeowner insurance premiums and property taxes. When these…(read more)

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