Housing inventory is slowly increasing, giving more options to our exhausted buyers. With the inventory gains, appreciation has started to slow which is also good for the overall health of the market.
There is a lot of confusion with all of the info coming out of Washington DC. There are proposals, bills, executive orders, extensions, approvals, and appointments announced every day. In this 15 minute video, Lydia Wietsma and I share updates on these policies impacting housing.
The forbearance numbers have improved a lot in the past month. We are down to 3.48% of borrowers or roughly 1.74 million borrowers are now in a forbearance plan. This is huge progress. Think about where we were in May of 2020 with nearly 4.76 million loans in forbearance which is over 9% of borrowers!
In this 19 minute video, Lydia Wietsma and I discuss the latest in forbearance, extensions, and tax liens. We share this information to help provide guidance for real estate professionals and struggling borrowers.
This week was week number 13 of continued improvement in the forbearance numbers and are now down to 4.18% of loans in forbearance or about 2.1 million borrowers. This is fewer than half the total amount of borrowers who were initially in a forbearance plan in May of 2020 which was about 8.47% of borrowers which was way below the predicted 30% of borrowers who were expected to go into forbearance.
Covering the latest in forbearance, delinquencies, employment, and loan servicing.
After 2 weeks of large drops, we had a small drop in total loans in forbearance. As of April 18, about 4.49% of loans were in forbearance, a slight decline from 4.50%. This is a decline of nearly 5,000 borrowers to about 2.25 million.
Two weeks ago, we had a big drop in total loans in forbearance, and last week we had another large drop. We are now down to 4.50% of loans or 2.3 million homeowners in a forbearance plan. Two weeks ago, it was 4.9% of loans.
Forbearance numbers improved again for the 5th week in a row. It is very difficult to make predictions in this current environment. Policy is changing regularly. We do know one thing that is helping all homeowners, struggling or not, it is the sky-high appreciation. Nationwide it is nearly 16% and here locally it is 19%. This gives homeowners options, whether or not they are struggling to make payments.
There is a lot of talk about what will happen next. While we do not have a crystal ball and the real estate market is unpredictable, there are a few assumptions we can make based on the numbers. There are tons of headlines and YouTube videos all about how the market will crash in 2021. The problem with many of these predictions is that they exclude very important data. Today I saw a YouTube video with many thousands of views and used lots of numbers to illustrate his point. Throughout the entire video he never made mention of buyer demand or homeowner equity. Remember, the foundation for all economics is the relationship between supply AND demand.