Mortgage Forbearances Rise for the First Time in 3 Weeks


The number of mortgage loans in forbearance plans rose by 79,000 this past week. This was the first jump in three weeks.

Black Knight reports forbearances rise following three weeks of declines.

Key Details

  • Overall, the number of active forbearance plans is up 79K from last week – erasing roughly half of the improvement seen since the peak of May 22 – with rises seen over each of the past five business days. 
  • As of June 23, 4.68 million homeowners are in forbearance plans, representing 8.8% of all active mortgages, up from 8.7% last week. Together, they represent just over $1 trillion in unpaid principal ($1,025B).
  • Some 6.9% of all GSE-backed loans and 12.5% of all FHA/VA loans are currently in forbearance plans. Another 9.6% of loans in private label securities or banks’ portfolios are also in forbearance.
  • Volumes were up across the board from the week prior with the largest increase among FHA/VA loans (+42K), with smaller increases seen in GSE (+25k) and non-agency (+12k) loans.
  • At today’s level, mortgage servicers may need to advance up to $3.5 billion/month to holders of government-backed mortgage securities on COVID-19-related forbearances. That’s on top of up to $1.4 billion in T&I payments they must make on behalf of borrowers.

No Progress 

Since the beginning of May, the number of active mortgage forbearance plans has ranged between 4.5 million and 5 million. 

The unpaid balance now tops $1 trillion. 

It will become harder and harder to pay that back. I suspect most will eventually roll past due amounts into a new loan. But first, people will have to make a number of on-time full monthly payments.

These loans are not reported to credit agencies as delinquencies, but it is not possible to refinance loans in forbearance until a number of current payments are made.

Disastrous Unemployment Claims

Continued Unemployment Claims in 2020 June 25

The jobs picture is not making thing any easier. 

Initial claims rose by 1.48 million this week, but continued claims at 19.52 million tell the real story.

20 million people out of work for 8 straight weeks tells the real story.

For details, please see Impossible to Sugarcoat the Disastrous Unemployment Claims

IMF Assessment

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It's a Crisis Like No Other: IMF Downgrades US GDP to -8.0%


Comments (15)
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Does anyone know how these numbers compare to the number of mortgage delinquencies during the financial crisis? Also, how does this compare to the number of renters who have fallen behind on their monthly rent? If we are to believe that a large number of US households have no significant emergency funds then falling more than one month behind on mortgage payments and rents will be a disaster for those impacted and a significant drag on the recovery. The latest news about the increase in COVID cases and renewed lockdowns does not bode well.


...Black Knight reports another breathtaking increase in mortgage delinquencies in its "first look" at May loan performance data. The rate, which soared by 90 percent in April, grew another 20.4 percent, to 7.76 percent of all active mortgages. This puts the rate, which had been declining continually to near all-time lows before the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, up by 130.8 points from May 2019. This is the highest delinquency rate since late 2011....

Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett

"These loans are not reported to credit agencies as delinquencies,"


Yes ... BUT also one reason why credit tightening now.

Lenders can't determine which borrower applicants are in forbearance ... or not. If you do not know borrower's credit history completely, scrutiny will be ratcheted up on what you can know.

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Tony Bennett

"The number of mortgage loans in forbearance plans rose by 79,000 this past week. This was the first jump in three weeks."


Just as Day follows Night

Delinquencies / Defaults ramp when stimulus fades.

When PPP and $600 extra week end look for Delinquencies to leave the launch pad ... in a hurry.


Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett

NEW YORK — The coronavirus pandemic has been devastating for the United States economy. A new study finds the crisis could soon cause a big shakeup in the real estate market. As homeowners struggle to pay their bills, researchers say many Americans are thinking about putting up the “For Sale” sign.

A survey of 2,000 American homeowners found that 52 percent are constantly concerned about making their mortgage payment on time. Forty-seven percent of the poll say they’re considering selling their home because they can’t afford their mortgage anymore.

Researchers say 35 percent of U.S. homeowners admit they’ve missed a mortgage payment during the pandemic. The same amount of respondents said they worry about losing their home because of the financial situation COVID-19 has put them in.

The poll, commissioned by the National Association of Realtors, also found that eight in 10 homeowners say the COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unexpected financial problem in their lives.


Forbearance is free money, as Kevin explains ( The idea is that you have the option of not paying your mortgage for a year and instead pay it at the end of the loan's duration, which is often decades away. In the meantime, you can invest the money that you saved by not making mortgage payments. It makes financial sense for a very large percentage of the population to request forbearance. For once, a law was passed that financially benefits the little guy. Watcha gonna do? Feel guilty for taking advantage because only Bezos and Blankfein are deserving of bailouts and handouts?

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