Black Knight: Number of Homeowners in COVID-19-Related Forbearance Plans Decreased

Note: Both Black Knight and the MBA (Mortgage Bankers Association) are putting out weekly estimates of mortgages in forbearance.

This data is as of Monday, August 10th.

From Forbearances Below 4 Million for First Time Since April

The overall trend of incremental improvement in the number of mortgages in active forbearance continues. According to the latest data from Black Knight’s McDash Flash Forbearance Tracker, the number of mortgages in active forbearance fell by another 71,000 over the past week, pushing the total under 4 million for the first time since early May.

As of August 10, 3.9 million homeowners were in active forbearance, representing 7.4% of all active mortgages, down from 7.5% the week prior. Together, they represent $852 billion in unpaid principal.

Again, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic around much of the country and the expiration of expanded unemployment benefits last month continue to represent significant uncertainty for the weeks ahead. Black Knight will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates via this blog.
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Black Knight ForbearanceClick on graph for larger image.

CR Note: There will probably be another disaster relief package soon, but we might see an increase in forbearance activity in the coming weeks as we wait for additional relief.