The Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest Forbearance and Call Volume Survey reported loans now in forbearance increased slightly to 5.38% of servicers’ portfolio volume as of Jan. 17 from 5.38% the prior week. MBA estimates 2.7 million homeowners are in forbearance plans.
The Senate on Monday confirmed Janet Yellen as Treasury Secretary by an 84-15 vote.
Stanford Kurland, who founded and served as Chairman of PennyMac Financial Services Inc., Westlake Village, Calif., following a multi-decade career at Countrywide Financial Corp., passed away on Jan. 25.
A fourth-quarter rally in small-cap commercial real estate leasing demand improved the outlook for small-balance lenders and investors, reported Boxwood Means, Stamford, Conn.
TransUnion, Chicago, said its latest Financial Services Monthly Industry Snapshot Report shows 2.87% of accounts in the auto, credit card, mortgage or unsecured personal loan industries remained in some form of financial hardship status at the end of December.
Lenders tightened mortgage credit in the first half of 2020, as the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic caused the economy to suffer its sharpest single-quarter contraction in history. Mortgage credit availability, as measured by our series of indexes, has recovered slightly in recent months. However, availability is still close to its tightest levels since 2014.
On Wednesday, HUD issued a waiver allowing FHA to insure loans to borrowers with residency under the DACA program. And on Tuesday, FHFA issued an RFI on risks posed by climate change and natural disasters to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Federal Home Loan Banks and the broader housing finance system.