Coronavirus mortgage bailouts decline, but new foreclosure crisis could be coming

After a substantial decline last week, the number of borrowers in coronavirus-related mortgage bailout programs dropped by a lot less this week.

It’s a┬ásignal that homeowners still need a lot more help in order to recover from the ongoing economic ills of the pandemic. There are also indications that a new foreclosure crisis could be on the horizon.

As of this week, 3.7 million borrowers are still in government and private sector mortgage forbearance programs. That’s about 7% of all active mortgages, according to Black Knight, a mortgage technology and data firm. These plans allow borrowers to delay monthly payments for at least three months and, in some cases, up to a year.

More than 2 million forbearance plans are set to expire this month, and so far about 350,000 borrowers have started making their monthly payments again.

On the other hand, about three-quarters of those still in bailout

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