1/18/2012

Some Increased Loan Costs Starting in 2012

There was a time just a few years ago when PMI (mortgage insurance premium), that cost for putting less than 20% down towards a mortgage, was not tax deductible. Then, with the upswing in the housing market, came the good news in 2006 that it was deductible, so there seemed at least some return on what seemed like an extra cost because you couldn't afford the higher cost (the 20% down payment). 

But, unfortunately for people who need every break possible now, that deduction has expired at the end of December. This will affect potentially millions of homeowners, who probably don't even realize its disappearance at this point. It could mean a difference of several hundred dollars a year, at a minimum, for the first-time and mid-income buyer. Congress failed to renew this, as well as many other benefits in the Tax Code.

In addition, there are new mortgage fee hikes for Fannie and Freddie Mac loans, fees which will undoubtedly get passed along to the consumer, and may mean about 1/8% of a 1 point increase in interest rates. Why?
"Unlike standard guarantee fees, which are used by Fannie and Freddie to defray loan-default expenses, the new funds will be sent directly to the Treasury to help pay for the $36-billion cost of the temporary payroll tax cut. FHA loans also will be hit with a fee increase by the payroll bill, raising the annual premiums the FHA charges new borrowers by one-tenth of a point."
More information on these costs from Ken Harney.

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