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What Happened to ALL Those Borrowers in “Forbearance?”

There were approximately 4.5 million mortgages in forbearance when the number peaked during the COVID crisis in 2020. This scared the bejeebers out of a lot of market-watchers, as they feared it portended another massive foreclosure crisis (like we saw after the 2008 meltdown, which collapsed the market). BUT – not so much. WHAT IS […]Read More

2.7 Million Borrowers Still In Forbearance; Foreclosure Crisis Coming?

The WSJ reported recently that 2.7 million borrowers are still in forbearance. That is about 5.5% of all borrowers, down from about 8.5% in June, but the number of borrowers in forbearance is no longer falling and many market-watchers are nervous. A weakening economy is exacerbating concerns, as retail sales have been falling, employers have […]Read More

Refinancing After Forbearance; Credit Inquiries

Over 4 million borrowers went into mortgage payment “forbearance” during the COVID-19 crisis, and many are now starting to end their forbearance periods – and wondering if they can refinance. Here are some of the guidelines. AUTHORIZED FORBEARANCE – PAST BALANCES PAID If borrowers with a formally authorized (by their servicer) forbearance formally end their […]Read More

Rates Hit Record Lows – Again; Forbearance Effect On Credit

FORBEARANCES, CREDIT, & ABILITY TO GET MORTGAGE FINANCING I recently blogged about how forbearances will affect credit and a borrower’s ability to obtain mortgages, pointing out how borrowers just out of forbearance will have to “season” their forbearance for 3 months before they can get new mortgage financing if they still have a past due […]Read More

Obtaining Mortgage Financing After A Forbearance

RULES FOR QUALIFYING POST-FORBEARANCE With millions of future borrowers in either mortgage or rental forbearance, many people are wondering how forbearances will impact a borrower’s ability to qualify for mortgage financing down the road (when they are out of forbearance). Credit: The jury is still out on this, as borrowers with authorized forbearances were not […]Read More

Borrowers In Forbearance See Credit Whacked! Purchase Market Lives: Texas Re-opens

FORBEARANCE IMPAIRS CREDIT – DESPITE “CARES ACT” On Saturday, David Stevens, former President of the Mortgage Bankers Association and the current CEO of Mountain Lake Consulting, posted a notice on LinkedIn stating that some creditors and credit bureaus are in fact showing mortgages in forbearance as “late” and “in forbearance” on credit reports. According to […]Read More

Jumbo Market Gets Even Tighter as Wells Fargo Pulls Out; Forbearances Again

WELLS FARGO PULLS OUT OF JUMBO MARKET Wells Fargo announced yesterday that it is pulling out of the jumbo mortgage market, sending shock waves through the industry (b/c Wells is such a force). Many other jumbo lenders and investors (that buy jumbo loans) are following suit or tightening up their own internal policies in response […]Read More

FED & Industry Updates; Loans Disappearing; What Agents Should Do; Deferments Not Free Money

THE FED, RATES, & MORTGAGE COMPANIES The Fed has purchased over $250 billion of mortgage-backed securities (MBS) over the last two weeks – an unprecedented record by far. This has pushed MBS yields down significantly for investors in the secondary market, but mortgage rates at the consumer level are still not moving for reasons we […]Read More