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Mortgage Fee Changes: Separating Fact from Fiction
Dated: May 5 2023
As a real estate agent, I understand that the recent changes in Loan-Level Price Adjustments (LLPAs) announced by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have caused some concerns and misunderstandings among potential homebuyers. However, I want to reassure you that most people will not see a significant change in their mortgage costs.
LLPAs have been in place since 2008, and over the years, there have been multiple changes. The recent changes are no different. According to an analysis by Experian, the latest changes will result in higher fees for some consumers doing cash-out refinances and those with high-balance adjustable-rate mortgages. However, most borrowers who put down between 5% and 25% and have credit scores greater than 680 will still pay less overall than lower credit borrowers.
Furthermore, the 2022 changes that reduced or eliminated fees for first-time homebuyers and those with low or moderate incomes will become permanent. And many borrowers with lower credit scores but strong down payments will see reduced fees. So, while some borrowers may see a slight increase in fees, others will see a reduction.
Critics have said that the changes penalize those who have maintained high credit scores. However, FHFA Director Sandra Thompson indicated that there was no uniform targeting of a borrower with a higher LTV for a lower. NAR has consistently said that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have the ability to lower fees for lower-wealth borrowers without increasing fees for those with greater wealth.
In conclusion, while some borrowers may see a slight increase in fees, most people will not see a significant change in their mortgage costs. As a real estate agent, my goal is to help you navigate the complexities of the homebuying process, and I am always here to answer any questions you may have about mortgage fees or any other aspect of buying a home.
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As a real estate agent, I understand that the recent changes in Loan-Level Price Adjustments (LLPAs) announced by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have caused some concerns and misunderstandings among