Mortgage servicers brace themselves as forbearance programs edge towards expiration

Mortgage servicers are preparing for a wave of delinquent mortgages and possible foreclosures to hit the market, but say they have already taken steps to mitigate their impact. The U.S. government made mortgage forbearance available to any home loan borrowers in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and those who took up the option

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Foreclosure activity to resume in July, some banks say

Some of America’s biggest banks have said they’ll start resuming foreclosures on delinquent mortgages this summer when COVID-19 forbearance programs expire. The Mortgage Bankers Association says over 2.1 million American homeowners are still in forbearance plans that suspend their mortgage payments and protect them from eviction. Meanwhile, around 1.8 million more are not in forbearance

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More homeowners are relying on forbearance to ride out the pandemic

Homeowners are increasingly relying on forbearance programs to avoid going into foreclosure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Around 37,000 mortgages were added to forbearance programs in the week ending Dec. 15, which means the total now stands at 2.787 million loans. That’s about 5.3% of the U.S.’s total of 53 million mortgages, Black Knight data

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