Mortgage applications edged up slightly from a week earlier as the 30-year fixed interest rate fell to another record low, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported this morning in its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending May 1.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency yesterday extended several loan origination flexibilities currently offered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac designed to help borrowers during the COVID-19 pandemic. FHFA also announced the government-sponsored enterprises have created online multifamily property lookup tools designed to assist renters in learning about eviction protections.
The Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest Forbearance and Call Volume Survey showed loans now in forbearance increased from 6.99% of servicers’ portfolio volume in the prior week to 7.54% as of April 26. According to MBA’s estimate, 3.8 million homeowners are now in forbearance plans.