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Fannie and Freddie Home Loan Fees to Increase

Posted by Benjamin Dona on Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 at 12:12pm.

Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae Home Loan NewsThe cost of getting a home mortgage (loan fees) from Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac are set to increase and will affect more borrowers, including those with stellar FICO credit scores. The fee changes actually were announced last year and they are now scheduled to go into effect on March 1 for Freddie Mac and April 1 for Fannie Mae.

According to the two mortgage giants, it is the first time since 2009 that they are raising risk fees and broadening the scope of borrower that will be affected. To avoid the new fees or to get a discount, most borrowers will need FICO scores of 740 or better and down payments of 25% or more. Lenders could absorb the cost, but most are expected to add it to their consumer loan costs immediately upon enactment.

While the increase is not huge, the new fees are still notable. For example, a buyer of a $200,000 property who has a 700 FICO score and a 20% down payment will pay $1,600 for the Fannie risk fee versus $1,200 before. If the borrower's FICO score is 680, the fee would be $2,800. For borrowers with Fico Scores above 740 and less than a 25% down payment, the additional risk based fee will be 0.25% of the loan amount. According to Fannie and Freddie, the new fees will hit 88% of their borrower categories and can be paid up-front, or the lenders can price them directly into the interest rate on the mortgage.

No matter how much the spokesman for these GSE's say these fees are necessary and nominal, you really have to wonder if this is not just another way for Fannie and Freddie to pad their coffers. Quite frankly, we see this as nothing more than another disgraceful move by these government backed entities (with tax payers dollars) that should be replaced.

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Gulf Coast Associates, RealtorsBenjamin Dona is the Broker and Owner of Gulf Coast Associates, Realtors in Bonita Springs, Florida. He holds two advanced degrees, an MBA and an MA, and has an extensive background in both business and marketing. In 1998, he founded Gulf Coast Associates, and formed a group of like-minded Realtor® associates dedicated to offering professional Southwest Florida real estate services by concentrating on information, education and the use of leading edge technologies. He also is a recognized expert on the "Net," a much-quoted and read blog author, and a contributor to both national and international news outlets. Benjamin is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Florida Association of Realtors, and numerous local real estate boards throughout Southwest Florida.

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2 Responses to "Fannie and Freddie Home Loan Fees to Increase"

Anita Clark - Warner Robins wrote:
I remember when this was announced, how quickly you forget when it's not implemented immediately. You're right, the increases aren't significant but ANY increase can cause buyers to get cold feet.

Posted on Thursday, February 10th, 2011 at 9:27pm.

Patsy Snyder wrote:
Increases have a tendency to add up. It seems that there are increases at many turns in a real estate transaction.

Posted on Saturday, February 19th, 2011 at 7:33pm.



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