NAR Pushes for Lower G-Fees, LLPAs in Wake of Tax Reform
February 2, 2018
The National Association of Realtors said GSE guarantee fees are gouging homeowners and urged the Federal Housing Finance Agency to slash them. Its argument is based on the lower corporate tax rate resulting from the 2017 tax law. The trade group, which has been campaigning for lower g-fees for a while now, notes that g-fees are based in part on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac target pre-tax rate of return. Lower tax rates change that calculation, the NAR said. “To account for the impact of tax reform on the rate of return, the FHFA should reduce g-fees to reflect the lower corporate tax rate and to preserve the current target rate of return,” said Elizabeth Mendenhall, NAR’s president.