If you are in the process of refinancing your home mortgage one of your concerns is undoubtedly paying too much in refinance fees for the new mortgage loan.
How do you know which fees are garbage headed straight for your mortgage brokers pocket and which ones are absolutely necessary? Here are several tips to help you avoid paying too much for your next home loan.
Refinance Fees 101
The first thing you need to know about the fees you’ll be charged when refinancing isn’t exactly a fee; however, it is the single reason most homeowners overpay for their loans. Did you know that the person arranging your loan marks up your mortgage rate for a commission? This is almost always done without your knowledge or consent. The commission generated by this markup is known as Yield Spread Premium and is a percentage of your loan created when the broker locks and closes your loan with a higher than market interest rate. Lenders reward mortgage brokers with a commission because loans with higher than market rates bring in higher profits when sold to investors on the secondary mortgage market.
The fact that you know about Yield Spread Premium gives you a huge advantage over most homeowners. Avoiding this unnecessary markup isn’t as tricky as you might think…once you know how to recognize the markup in your loan documents you can find mortgage brokers willing to work for a flat origination fee as low as one percent of your loan amount.
How to Spot Mortgage Rate Markup
The first opportunity you’ll have to spot this unnecessary markup of your mortgage interest rate does not come with the Good Faith Estimate as you might think but from the lender’s rate lock confirmation. The Good Faith Estimates you receive when shopping for a mortgage are little more than a marketing tool used to draw you in to overpriced loan offerings; however, rate lock confirmation from the lender tells the real story about your loan.
First of all, make sure the lock confirmation you get is in writing and comes from the lender, not the broker. Some dishonest mortgage companies and brokers will try and pass off a written lock confirmation on their own company letterhead…if it isn’t in writing from the lender your rate lock is meaningless. Once you have written confirmation from the lender there are several important items disclosed on the lock. Your mortgage rate, Yield Spread Premium, points, and the duration of your lock are all detailed on the lender’s lock confirmation.
Mortgage Junk Fee
Never agree to pay a fee to lock in your interest rate. Mortgage lenders do not charge rate lock fees. This fee to lock your mortgage rate is pure garbage. If you agree to pay a rate lock fee it will go directly into your mortgage broker’s pocket.
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