Saturday, March 3, 2012

Mortgage interest rates to rise due to hidden fee

Loan fees are about to rise, and you won't even know it.  The fee in question is a guarantee fee collected by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that is part of the interest rate you pay.  It's not set forth on the settlement statement because it does not have to be disclosed.

According to the New York Times,
INSIDE the interest rate quoted on your home lies a small hidden fee that has been charged by government-sponsored entities like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for more than three decades. It’s an add-on rate known as the guarantee fee.
Everyone has to make a living, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, don't you think?  But just think of the fees collected over the years that seem to have been squandered in the so-called "sub-prime crisis."  In any event, it means a small rise in interest rates is coming in the days ahead.

Read the full story here.

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