Note: This is as of June 13th.
The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) latest Forbearance and Call Volume Survey revealed that the total number of loans now in forbearance decreased by 11 basis points from 4.04% of servicers’ portfolio volume in the prior week to 3.93% as of June 13, 2021. According to MBA’s estimate, 2 million homeowners are in forbearance plans.
The share of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans in forbearance decreased 4 basis points to 2.05%. Ginnie Mae loans in forbearance decreased 7 basis points to 5.15%, while the forbearance share for portfolio loans and private-label securities (PLS) decreased 35 basis points to 7.98%. The percentage of loans in forbearance for independent mortgage bank (IMB) servicers decreased 16 basis points to 4.05%, and the percentage of loans in forbearance for depository servicers declined 3 basis points to 4.16%.
“The share of loans in forbearance declined for the 16th straight week, with declines across almost every loan category,” said Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s Senior Vice President and Chief Economist. “New forbearance requests, at 4 basis points, remained at an extremely low level. More than 44 percent of borrowers who exited this week used a deferral plan, highlighting the importance of this option.”
Added Fratantoni, “As more homeowners reach the end of their forbearance term, we should continue to see the share in forbearance decline. The improving job market and strong housing market are providing support for those who do exit.”
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 2020, and has trended down since then.
The MBA notes: “Total weekly forbearance requests as a percent of servicing portfolio volume (#) remained the same relative to the prior week at 0.04%.”
Note: These deferral plans are very popular. Basically when the homeowner exits forbearance, they just go back to making their regular monthly payments, they are not charged interest on the missed payments, and the unpaid balanced is deferred until the end of the mortgage.