There has been much discussion about what will happen after the 2.3 million households currently in tolerance no longer have the protection of the program. Some assume that there may be millions of foreclosures ready to market. However, there are four reasons that will not happen.
1. Almost 50% Leave Jam Payment
According to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), data as of March 28, it shows that 48.9% of homeowners who have already left the program were current on their mortgage payments when they left.
- 26.6% paid their monthly payments during their tolerance period
- 14.7% brought current payments
- 7.6% paid off their loan in full
This does not mean that the more than two million still in the plan will come out exactly the same. However, it does give us some insight into the possibilities.
2. The Banks Don’t Want The Houses Back
Banks have learned lessons from the 2008 crash. Lending institutions do not want the headaches of managing evicted real estate. This time they are working with homeowners to help them stay in their homes.
For example, about 50% of all mortgages are supported by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). In 2008, the FHFA bid 208,000 homeowners any form of Home Retention, which are options offered to a borrower who has the financial capacity to enter exercise and wants to stay at home. Home withholding options include interim loans, repayment plans, loan modifications or partial loan delays. These helped delinquent borrowers stay in their homes. Over the past year, the FHFA has offered that same protection to more than a million homeowners.
Today almost all lending institutions work with their borrowers. The MBA report reveals that of those homeowners who have abandoned tolerance,
- 35.5% worked out a repayment with their lender
- 26.5% received a loan delay, where a borrower does not have to pay the lender interest or a principal loan for a loan for an agreed duration.
- 9% received a loan modification
3. There is No Political Will to Exclude About These Households
The government also seems determined not to let individuals or families lose their homes. Bloomberg lately reported:
“Mortgage companies could face penalties if they don’t take steps to prevent a deluge of foreclosures that threaten to hit the housing market later this year,” a U.S. regulator said. which has allowed millions of borrowers to defer their mortgage payments due to the pandemic … mortgage lenders start contacting affected homeowners now to advise them on ways they can modify their loans. ”
CFPB is proposing a new set of guidelines to ensure that people will be able to retain their homes. Here are the main points in the proposal:
- The proposed rule would provide for a special pre-execution review, which would generally prohibit servants from commencing execution until after December 31, 2021.
- The proposed rule would allow servants to offer some simplified loan fashion options to borrowers with COVID-19 related difficulties based on the assessment of incomplete application.
- The proposed rule wants temporary changes to some needed communication servers to ensure that borrowers receive key information about their choices at the appropriate time.
A final decision is still being made, and some are question whether CFPB has the power to postpone executions. The full report can be found here here: Protections for Borrowers Affected by the Crisis COVID-19 Under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, Rule X.
4. If All Else Fails, Homeowners Will Sell Their Homes Before Foreclosure
Homeowners have record levels of equity today. According to the latest CoreLogic Domestic Stock Report, the average equality of mortgaged homes is currently $ 204,000. In addition, 38% of households do not have a mortgage, so the level of equity available to today’s homeowners is significant.
Like the banks, homeowners learned a lesson also because of the housing crash.
“Just as grandparents and great-grandparents were formed by the Great Depression, much of the public today remembers the 2006 mortgage collapse and the executions, unemployment and bank failures it created. No one in any sense wants to repeat that experience … and it may explain why so much real estate equity remains without a mortgage. “
What does this mean for the tolerant situation? According to Black Knight:
“Only one in ten homeowners in patience has less than 10% equity in their home, usually the minimum necessary to be able to sell through traditional real estate channels to avoid foreclosure.”
The reports of mass executions coming soon to the market are greatly exaggerated. Like Ivy Zelman, Chief Executive Officer of Zelman & Associates with about 30 years of experience in housing and housing, recently proclaimed:
“The probability that we will have an execution crisis again is about zero percent.”
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