The latest Mortgage Banker Association’s (MBA) Forbearance and Call Survey reports that the total number of loans now in forbearance decreased from 5.53% of servicers’ portfolio volume in the prior week to 5.46% as of January 3, 2021. According to MBA’s estimate, 2.7 million homeowners are in forbearance plans. The share of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans in forbearance decreased to 3.19% – a 5-basis-point improvement. Ginnie Mae loans in forbearance decreased 7 basis points to 7.85%, and the forbearance share for portfolio loans and private-label securities (PLS) decreased by 10 basis points to 8.77%. The percentage of loans in forbearance for independent mortgage bank (IMB) servicers decreased 9 basis points from the previous week to 5.92%, and the percentage of loans in forbearance for depository servicers decreased 5 basis point to 5.39%. Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s Senior Vice President and Chief Economist in a prepared statement said, “The share of loans in forbearance slightly declined for each investor category entering the new year, remaining within the narrow range observed for the last two months. Surging COVID-19 cases caused economic activity to stall in December, with a monthly job loss for the first time since April, and with those jobs mostly concentrated in the leisure and hospitality sector. We expect that this slowdown will prevent any rapid improvement in the forbearance numbers over the next few months.”
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Share of Mortgage Loans in Forbearance Decreases to 5.46 Percent