Forbearances Ending at a Faster Pace; Rates Drift Lower; Refi Market Still Hot

Black Knight said its weekly forbearance survey found the number of mortgages in active forbearance decreasing at an accelerated rate. Those mortgages fell by 2.6 percent or 95,000 loans over the last week, bring the decline over the last month to 357,000 loans. It was the fifth straight week of improvement and Black Knight noted that since peaking in late May, the total number of forbearances has fallen by 1.17 million or 24 percent. As of September 22, 3.6 million homeowners remain in COVID-19-related forbearance plans, or 6.8 percent of all active mortgages, down from 7 percent last week. Together, they represent $ 751 billion in unpaid principal. Some 78 percent of those remaining loans have had their terms extended at some point since March. There are 1.1 million plans still set to expire
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