Forbearance rate for top GSEs falls to lowest level since April

In today’s Daily Download episode, HousingWire covers a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association that indicates the forbearance rate for mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have dropped below 5%.

For some background on the story, here’s a summary of the article:

The forbearance rate for mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac dropped to 4.94% in the first week of August, the first time it’s been below 5% since April, the Mortgage Bankers Association said in a report on Monday.

The rate for mortgages backed by government-sponsored enterprises, or GSEs, fell 25 basis points from the prior week, according to the report.

Overall, the forbearance rate fell 23 basis points from the prior week to 7.21%, representing 3.6 million mortgages, MBA said. 

The forbearance share for loans in Ginnie Mae securities – meaning, mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration, the Veterans Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture – fell 52 basis points to 9.54%, though some of that decline stems from delinquent loans being sold off and reported in the private portfolio category, the report said.

Following the main story, HousingWire covers a study from Redfin that suggests new interest from city dwellers is raising home prices in rural areas. We also look at a joint report from the National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo that claims America’s western region is showing the most promise as builder confidence returned to a record high across the country.

The Daily Download examines the most compelling articles reported from the HousingWire newsroom. Each afternoon, we provide our listeners with a deeper look into the stories coming across our newsroom that are helping Move Markets Forward. Hosted by the HW team and produced by Alcynna Lloyd and Victoria Wickham.

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