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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Investors wait to capitalize on pandemic-related foreclosures

Investors are rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of a surge in repossessed homes as millions of homeowners are believed to have fallen behind on their mortgage repayments, putting them at risk of losing their homes once moratoriums end. The Wall Street Journal says that investors are expecting a “potential bonanza” of distressed

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Zombie foreclosures decline during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has not set off a wave of foreclosures, in large part because the government has put moratoriums on foreclosures and banks are offering mortgage forbearance options for homeowners who have lost their jobs. “Zombie foreclosures”—homes that sit vacant—are actually down 3.1% from the first quarter of 2020, ATTOM Data Solutions reports. Further,

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