The number of loans in forbearance rose over the past
week, driven by increases in those held in bank portfolios and private label securities
(PLS). Black Knight said the first uptick in nine weeks netted out to only
20,000 as the number of forbearances serviced for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the
GSEs), FHA, and the VA  declined. As of April
27, there were an estimated 2.39 million loans in the program, 4.4 percent of
the nation’s approximately 53 million mortgages. The company noted that mid-month spikes in
forbearances have been common in recent months as the overall trend in
improvements continues. Plan volumes have decreased by 228,000 loans, 8.9
percent of the total, over the past month.


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