FHFA Seeks Public Input on Proposed GSE Guaranty Fee Hikes
June 13, 2014
After months of anticipation, the Federal Housing Finance Agency last week issued an official call for public comment, particularly from the mortgage industry, on how Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s conservator should calculate both guaranty fees and loan-level price adjustments. The FHFA’s “request for input” specifically seeks guidance regarding the optimum level of g-fees and their implications for mortgage credit availability, but the agency does not provide any specific proposals as some had expected. One of the first things that FHFA Director Mel Watt did when he assumed office in January was delay implementation of a planned GSE g-fee increase set into motion by his predecessor, Acting Director Edward DeMarco.