A Black Knight data reveals a hike in the Coronavirus-related mortgage forbearances. The increase comes on the tail of a 6-week successive fall. For the week closing 29 Sep, nearly 3.618 million borrowers sat in forbearance, higher by 21,000 than a week prior. This data, however, clearly divulges that after rising to a record 4.761 million borrowers in forbearance on May 26, there has been a close to one-million relief.

The number of forborne loans have come down

The forborne loans make up 6.8% of all the active mortgages. This was 9% on May 26. The unpaid principal balance that stands at $751 billion was also 40% higher on May 26. It is notable that for the government-sponsored enterprises, the active forbearance loans have come down by 9,000 over the last week. In its modest capacity, this has compensated for the hike. 

Black Knight further divulges that the mortgage servicers will need $4.4 billion in monthly advances for P&I payments and $1.6 billion in tax and insurance.

“With more than a million forbearance plans for which September’s mortgage payment was the last payment covered under forbearance plan — and another million set to expire in October — significant removal/extension activity is still likely over the next few weeks. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to represent significant uncertainty for the weeks ahead,” Black Knight reps posted on a site.

Interesting real estate trend- high percentage of borrowers are showing mortgage payment delinquency

The Clever Real Estate has found a startling real estate trend for us. It says that 20% of the homeowners have either deferred or failed to pay their mortgage payments. The figure is 33% for tenants. Not even 1/6th of the homeowners or renters have caught up with their due payments. Notably, the past-due payments have accumulated upto $2,000 in the cases of nearly half borrowers and $5,000 for close to 1/5th borrowers. 

Home purchasers who have bought after lockdown are less anxious

Those who had bought homes between 2015 and 2019 have not been feeling the purchaser’s remorse even half as close to those those who have bought it in 2020. With the pandemic cutting us to size, many new homeowners are feeling apprehensive about their future course of action, their deferred payments, and the accumulating load.

Surveys conducted unequivocally suggest that 2020 homebuyers are feeling more anxious. Those who have bought post-lockdown have shown greater emotional resilience. If anything, they had known the ground facts while buying, but those who had bought homes in January or February, are feeling shortchanged because they were expecting a bullish real estate before Covid-19 put paid to the best-laid plans.