MBA is expecting a sharp hike in forbearance exits over the coming month. In August, the number of loans in forbearance stood unchanged from the usual 3.25% for the week. According to the most recent report from the Mortgage Bankers Association, 1.6 million homeowners are in forbearance plans. Also, the share of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans in forbearance remains unchanged at 1.66%. The share of Ginnie Mae loans put on hold saw no change at 3.92%. All those were accumulating losses. In forbearance, the share of portfolio loans and private-label securities experienced a slight increase from 7.15% to 7.18%.

Currently, as the forbearance experience increases, homeowners are at crossroads. Should they sell their home to enjoy whatever equity it has to hold? What role should they expect from the servicer? Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s chief economist, said that the share of loans in forbearance is not the same as there are slight changes weekly. It is greatly dependent on new requests also, and it exits the market at a slow pace. According to predictions, there is expected to be a sharp increase in forbearance in the next coming month because borrowers will soon attain their 18-month mark at the end of their forbearance.

Most of the people who exited in August have to enter forgo plans or request modifications. The new regulations, which took effect on August 31, were put in place to safeguard borrowers from foreclosing. In addition, borrowers can add escrow shortages in loss mitigation. The regulations restrict how many servicers it requires the borrowers to make. To know about how CFPB regulations have affected loans causing them to go flat, click here.

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