Delinquencies Down Nearly 40% YOY

The delinquency rate nationwide dropped to 2.80% in April, as overall delinquencies fell almost 40% YOY, according to Black Knight’s “first look” at its April 2022 month-end mortgage performance stats. The numbers reflect the mortgage market’s continued recovery from pandemic impacts. Prepayment activity dropped 19.1% from March and is down 61.8% YOY due to rapidly increasing interest rates. Rates averaged 5.25% last week. The number of borrowers who are a single payment overdue rose 7.9% month-over-month, which Black Knight says is typical of the season. That increase was offset by improvements among more seriously delinquent borrowers. The volume of borrowers three or more months past due fell by 8% from the month prior. Serious delinquencies are down between 6% and…

Forbearances Fell Below 700k For The First Time Since The Pandemic Began

Early April exits offset two weeks of rising forbearance starts and re-starts, resulting in plan volumes dropping below 700,000 for the first time since the pandemic began, according to Black Knight’s blog, Vision. Overall, forbearances fell by 63,200 plans last week. GSE plans fell by 24,500 (-11%), followed by FHA/VA (-21,800, -8.1%) and loans held by portfolios and PSLs (-17,000, -16.7%). New plan starts still rose slightly, up to 10,300 (+200). However, last week they dropped to their lowest level in four months, so the uptick may not be cause for concern. Restarts also rose by 1,400 to 21,600. Plan volume is down 66,200 (-8.8%) month-over-month.  Forbearance volumes have ticked up some after long periods of decline, but are generally…

New Plan Starts Drop To Lowest Level In Four Months

Forbearances rose slightly again as late-month new plans and restarts offset early-month exits, according to Black Knight’s blog, Vision. Overall, forbearances rose by 3,700. Forborne loans held by portfolios and PSLs increased by 5,300 (2.1%). FHA/VA loans remained unchanged, while GSE plans fell by 1,800 (0.8%). New plan starts dropped to 10,100, the lowest level in four months. Restarts fell by 11,500 to 20,200. Plan volume is down 40,000 (-5.1%) month-over-month.  Forbearance volumes have ticked up some after long periods of decline, but are generally improving as the country recovers from the pandemic. The number of homeowners with existing loan workouts who were current on their payments rose in February for the first time since June 2021. “We can credit…

IMB Profits Dropped In Q4

Independent mortgage banks (IMBs) and mortgage subsidiaries of chartered banks made $1,099 on each originated loan in Q4 2021, dropping from Q3’s $2,594, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Quarterly Mortgage Bankers Performance Report. More than three-fourths (76%) of firms analyzed made a net profit in Q4, especially firms with servicing operations. Those benefited from slower prepayments and low delinquencies which boosted their MSR valuations. But it’s a decrease from Q3’s rate of 92%. Plus, if no firms in the study had servicing operations, only 58% would have made a net profit last quarter. “Production margins tightened substantially in the fourth quarter of 2021. After a two-year run of above-average profitability, pre-tax net production income per loan reached its…

New Jersey Homeowners Can Apply For Up To $35K In Mortgage Assistance

By KIMBERLEY HAAS Eligible homeowners in New Jersey can receive up to $35,000 to help protect themselves against foreclosures. Officials at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency have opened an application portal for the Emergency Rescue Mortgage Assistance program. The money, which comes in the form of a three-year forgivable loan with no interest or payments due, can be used for the following: -Mortgage reinstatement -Escrow shortages -Delinquent property taxes -Municipal or property tax liens -Mortgage payments, including principal, interest, taxes, and homeowner’s insurance To qualify for assistance, a homeowner must: -Own and occupy an eligible one- to four-unit primary residence -Have been current on mortgage and property taxes as of January 2020 -Have experienced a COVID-19 related…

Delinquencies Fell To 4.65% In Q4 2021

Delinquencies on residential properties fell to 4.65% of all outstanding loans in Q4 2021, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) National Delinquency Survey. The delinquency rate fell 23 basis points from Q3 2021 and 208 basis points year-over-year (YOY). Q4’s delinquency rate was 67 basis points lower than MBA’s survey average of 5.32%, while the rate for seriously delinquent loans was 2.83%, close to the longer-term average of 2.80%. MBA’s survey classifies loans as delinquent if the payment was not made based on the original terms of the mortgage. “Mortgage delinquencies descended in the final three months of 2021, reaching levels at or below MBA’s survey averages dating back to 1979,” said Marina Walsh, CMB, MBA’s Vice President of…

Forbearances Up Due To Exit Slowdown

As forbearance exits yet again hit an expected mid-month slowdown, resulting in an increase in active plans, according to Black Knight’s blog, Vision. Active forbearance plans rose by 36,000 (4.6%) this past week, driven primarily by a 9.6%, 25,000, increase in FHA/VA plans. Forborne loans held by portfolios and PSL rose by 8,000 (3.2%) while GSE plans rose by 3,000 (1%). The headline is ominous coming a week after new plan starts reached their highest level since an unexpected jump in December. However, new plan starts actually fell by 3% week-over-week. Restart activity paired with an exit “lull” pushed plan entries up. The majority of homeowners in Covid-19 related forbearance have exited their plans as the economy continues its slow…

MBA: Forbearances Fell To 1.67% In November

The total number of loans in forbearance fell from 2.06% of servicers’ portfolio volume to 1.67% in November, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Loan Monitoring Survey. MBA estimates 835,000 homeowners are currently in forbearance plans. Independent mortgage banks saw a 0.34% decline from 2.28% to 1.94%, while depositories saw a 0.5% drop from 2.02% to 1.52%. The share of forborne Fannie and Freddie loans fell to 0.76%, down by 16 basis points, while Ginnie Mae loans fell to 2.10%, down 42 basis points. PLS and portfolio loans in forbearance dropped by 106 basis points to 3.94%. “The share of loans in forbearance in November declined – albeit at a slower pace than October – as borrowers continued to…

Delinquencies Dropped To 4.88% In Q3

Delinquencies dropped for mortgages on one-to-four-unit residential properties in Q3 2021, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) National Delinquency Survey. The seasonally adjusted rate fell to 4.88% of all outstanding loans, down 59 basis points for Q2 and 277 basis points year-over-year (YOY). The survey asked servicers to report loans in forbearance as delinquent if the payment was not made based on the original terms of the mortgage. “For the fifth consecutive quarter, the mortgage delinquency rate declined, commensurate with a decline in the U.S. unemployment rate over the same time period,” said Marina Walsh, CMB, MBA’s Vice President of Industry Analysis. “The improvement was driven entirely by a decline in later-stage delinquent loans – those loans that are…