Most people think that to find the lowest mortgage rates you have to find the best mortgage lender and this just simply isn’t the case. The person arranging your loan has more to do with your mortgage rate than you think…choose the wrong person for the job and you’ll overpay thousands of dollars every year you keep the loan.
What I’m talking about here has nothing to do with your credit or qualifying ratios; it’s all about the markup of your mortgage rate for a commission. Here are the basics you need to know before refinancing your home loan to get the best mortgage rates.
Understanding Mortgage Rate Quotes
Most of the rate quotes you see online are simply garbage. In order to accurately quote you a mortgage rate your mortgage broker needs sixteen pieces of your personal financial information. If you get quotes without providing the intimate details of your finances the person you’re dealing with has no intention of honoring that rate. Assuming that you have provided this information the quotes you receive are not the mortgage rates you qualify, they have been marked up to get a commission from the lender behind your loan.
What is Commission Based Markup?
Most brokers charge an origination fee to you for their services. This fee is disclosed on your Good Faith Estimate and HUD-1 settlement statement. What your broker isn’t telling you is that they get paid by the lender also for marking up your mortgage rate. This markup is what makes mortgage loans “retail” products. Just like buying a car where the dealership markups up your car for profit the mortgage broker marks up your loan to make a buck. This is considered dishonest by many because you’re already paying an origination fee for their work and this markup can cost you thousands of dollars every year.
The technical term for the fee paid by the lender is Yield Spread Premium. Basically the way it works is the lender pays your broker .25 percent of your home loan for every quarter percent they overcharge you. You might think that a quarter percent isn’t much but in a moment I’ll show you what this markup does to your mortgage payments. Yield Spread Premium is rarely disclosed on the Good Faith Estimate and can be hard to recognize on your HUD-1 statement. The best way to avoid this unnecessary markup is to be upfront with your mortgage broker about your intentions for the loan.
Here is an example to illustrate the markup of your mortgage rate by the broker. Suppose you are refinancing your home for $250,000 and the broker quotes you a rate of 6.75 percent with an origination fee of 1.5%. You’ll pay the broker $3,750 at closing for this fee. Assuming that you take out a 30 year home loan with a fixed mortgage rate your monthly payments for this loan will be $1,622. What your mortgage broker isn’t telling you is that you actually qualified for a 6% mortgage rate and they’ve marked it up for the Yield Spread Premium. If you had actually gotten the mortgage rate you deserve in this example your monthly payment would be $1,498. This is a difference of $1,488 every year you keep this loan…money you’ll pay for no good reason!
Refinance With Wholesale Mortgage Rates
Homeowners who learn to recognize Yield Spread Premium can find mortgage brokers willing to work without the markup. It is possible to refinance your home paying only a one percent origination fee saving thousands of dollars every year.
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