Bloomberg Law
April 17, 2020, 2:26 PM

More U.S. Homeowners Skip Mortgage Payments With Jobs Vanishing

John Gittelsohn
John Gittelsohn
Bloomberg News

More and more U.S. homeowners aren’t paying their mortgages.

Nearly 3 million U.S. home loans are in forbearance plans that allow delayed payments without penalty, according to a report by Black Knight Inc.

The homeowners skipping payments because of lost jobs or income represent 5.5% of borrowers and have $651 billion in unpaid principal. They break down to 4.9% of loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and 7.6% of loans extended to borrowers through the Veterans Administration and Federal Housing Administration.

Mortgage servicers, who are facing a potential liquidity crisis, would need to advance $2.3 billion a ...

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