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Forbearances See Largest Weekly Decline In 12 Months

Navi Persaud
Oct 08, 2021
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The latest data from Black Knight Inc.'s McDash Flash Dataset reported that forbearances showed the largest weekly decline in the past 12 months.

This should be no surprise to the servicing sector as a number of mortgages that were in forbearance were set to either be expired, extended, or removed in September. The population of forbearances retreated by 11%, according to the McDash Flash.

“The number of active forbearance plans fell by 177,000 this week with declines seen across all investor classes, led by an 84,000 plan drop among FHA/VA loans,” according to Black Knight. “Plans among GSE loans and those held in bank portfolios and private-label securities also fell, seeing 50,000 (-11%) and 43,000 (-8%) declines respectively.”

As of Oct. 5, 1.39 million borrowers are still in COVID-19-related forbearance plans. That figure is 2.6% of all active mortgages. Additionally, Black Knight reported that forbearances are down by 294,000 cases in the past 30 days. 

“Plan exits surged then as the first wave of forbearance entrants reached their six-month mark. The folks who’d remained are now reaching the end of their allowable terms,” according to the report. 

Servicers are likely to see an uptick in call volume as folks exit or attempt to extend their forbearance plans, depending on their economic status.

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