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foreclosureForbearance activities rose by 1% this past week, says researchers at Black Knight, which tracks forbearances by the week.

"We saw the number of mortgages in active forbearance rise by 31,000," they said. "This increase was driven by limited extension and removal activity, along with an increase in forbearance starts. There were 50,000 forbearance removals this week, the lowest of any week during the recovery, while the 89,000 extensions were the fewest we’ve seen in nine weeks. We also saw about 33,000 new forbearance plans begin."

Black Knight's McDash Flash data breaks down forbearances by FHFA, FHA, and other types of loans:

For the month, initiated forbearance plans are up 15% in October compared to the month prior.

"The rise driven by borrowers reactivating previously expired plans," Black Knight reported. "New forbearance activations are down 7% from September, while re-activations are up 50%. This is most likely in reaction to the large volume of plans than were removed early in the month."

The report, updated each Friday, continued: "As of Oct. 27, the number of active forbearances has ticked back up over 3 million again for the first time since early October, representing approximately 5.7% of all active mortgages, up from 5.6% from last week. Together, they represent $619 billion in unpaid principal."

Almost 4% of all GSE-backed loans and 9.7% of all FHA/VA loans are now in forbearance plans.

Reportedly, "Another 5.7% of loans in private label securities or banks’ portfolios are also in forbearance. Since last week, GSE forbearances have declined by 1,000, while FHA loans saw an increase of 14,000, with a jump of 18,000 among loans held in banks’ portfolios and private label securities. Of the just over 3 million loans still in active forbearance, more than 80% have had their terms extended at some point since March."

"With 365,000 forbearance plans still set to expire in October, we could see increased levels of extension and removal activity in the coming weeks," Black Knight reported. Check the blog weekly for new information.

About Author: Christina Hughes Babb

Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Contact Christina at christina.hughesbabb@thefivestar.com.

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