Guaranty Fees to Remain With No Immediate Plans for a Decrease
August 19, 2016
Guaranty fees won’t be going lower anytime soon as the Federal Housing Finance Agency said it has no immediate plans to decrease the current level of fees charged. After more than doubling from 2011 to 2015, rising to 56 basis points, the FHFA said the fees adequately reflected the credit risk of new acquisitions.But industry groups argue the fees prevent qualified borrowers from entering the housing market and are passed on to borrowers in the form of up-front closing costs and/or as part of their monthly payments. Earlier this summer a coalition of housing groups wrote FHFA Director Mel Watt about reducing g-fees.