The market saw modest improvement in forbearances this past week, according to data from Black Knight’s McDash Flash Forbearance Tracker.
Forbearance volumes fell by 11K from the prior week, which was the result of larger declines among GSE loans (14K) and portfolio-held and privately securitized loans (2K) being offset by an increase of 5K in FHA/VA loans in forbearance.
As of Oct. 20, nearly 3 million borrowers remain in active COVID-19 forbearance plans, which represents 5.6% of first lien mortgages. This is a noticeable reduction from the market’s peak of 4.76 million in late May. More than 80% of remaining forbearance plans have had their terms extended with their servicer.
Despite the muted improvement seen this week, overall forbearance volumes are down 623K month-over-month, driven by the large reduction in loans in active forbearance plans at the beginning of the month. This marks a 17% decline from September, showing sustained downward movement in forbearance volumes.
Overall, active forbearance numbers are heading in the right direction, though the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present unique and unprecedented market conditions. Black Knight will post future findings, data and insights on this blog.