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The Week Ahead: Strong Employment Numbers Forcing Forbearance Reversal

Monday brings the results of the latest Forbearance and Call Volume Survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), and with it, will the total number of loans in forbearance slide for an eighth straight week?

With an estimated 2.3 million homeowners currently in forbearance plans, data found that the number of loans in forbearance reached 4.50% last week, down 16 basis points over the previous week. The U.S. Department of Labor reported that for the week ending April 17, unemployment claims slid to 547,000, a decrease of 39,000 from the previous week, marking the lowest level of initial claims since March 14, 2020 when it was 256,000.

“Combined with the homeowner assistance and stimulus payments that many households are receiving, we expect that the forbearance numbers will continue to decline in the months ahead, as more individuals regain employment,” said Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s Senior Vice President and Chief Economist.

As more and more Americans return to the workforce, the servicing sector will pick up steam in guiding the nation’s homeowners out of the forbearance process.

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About Author: Eric C. Peck

Eric C. Peck has 20-plus years’ experience covering the mortgage industry, he most recently served as Editor-in-Chief for The Mortgage Press and National Mortgage Professional Magazine. Peck graduated from the New York Institute of Technology where he received his B.A. in Communication Arts/Media. After graduating, he began his professional career with Videography Magazine before landing in the mortgage space. Peck has edited three published books and has served as Copy Editor for Entrepreneur.com.

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