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Recent 2021 2020

What You Need to Know About Applying for Rental Assistance as National Eviction Ban Comes to an End
CNBC  |  July 21, 2021

More than 11 million Americans, or 16% of U.S. renters, say they aren’t caught up with their housing payments, according to a recent analysis by The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. And with the national eviction ban scheduled to expire on July 31, advocates fear many tenants may not get the relief in time to stay in their homes.

Forbearances Decrease to 1.75M Homeowners
HousingWire  |  July 19, 2021

For the 20th straight week, servicers’ forbearance portfolio volume dropped—this time a staggering 26 basis points, to 3.50% in the period ending July 11, per a survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association. According to MBA’s estimate, 1.75 million homeowners are in forbearance plans.

Just a Sliver of Assistance has Reached Renters, with Eviction Ban About to Expire
CNBC  |  July 13, 2021

The national ban on evictions is scheduled to be lifted at the end of the month, yet just a sliver of the $45 billion in assistance allocated by Congress has gone out to renters behind on housing payments.

Homebuyers are Finally Catching a Break as New Listings Rise and Mortgage Rates Drop
CNBC  |  July 12, 2021

For more than a year now, the housing market has been a perfect storm for sellers, but the winds may finally be shifting. Strong demand and record-low supply are starting to ease, and mortgage rates are coming down off their recent highs. While home prices are still surging, these new market dynamics will likely take some of the heat out of those gains as well.

It’s Unclear Whether State Cuts to Unemployment Benefits got People Back to Work in June
CNBC  |  July 7, 2021

The U.S. added 850,000 jobs in June, the most since summer 2020 — which may have some wondering if recent state cuts to unemployment benefits are getting people back to work. The short answer: It’s too soon to tell, according to labor economists.