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Volume 18 - Number 24

November 28, 2014

G-Fee Terrain Leveled Dramatically in 2013

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guarantee fee pricing disparities were dramatically leveled out in 2013, according to data released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. In 2010 and 2011, small lenders typically paid about 10 basis points more in g-fees to the government-sponsored enterprises than did the five largest lenders in the market, the report shows. In 2012, the disparity fell to about 6 bps. Last year, it was down to 2 bps. Small lenders – defined as those that ranked outside the top 100 GSE sellers – paid an average of 53 bps, while the top five sellers paid 51 bps. Three more lender groups based on size that fell between the two extremes paid average fees of 51 or 52 bps....

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HUD has announced a 25 basis point cut in FHA premiums, which is slated to take effect in late January. Is your lending shop for or against a cut in FHA premiums?

For. It should help lending volumes.
Against. The private MI sector should take on this risk, not the government.
Too early to say.
I believe the new White House may scuttle the idea so it doesn’t matter.

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