FHFA Bans GSEs From Offering Volume-Based G-Fee Discounts

In a move intended to level the playing field in the mortgage market, the Federal Housing Finance Agency has directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac not to provide volume-based discounts for guarantee fees they charge lenders. Such discounts were responsible for market distortions in the lead-up to the financial crisis more than a decade ago, FHFA Director Mark Calabria noted at a mortgage industry event today.

“We’re looking to try to make sure . . . that Fannie and Freddie aren’t driving consolidation in the market but instead they’re providing a level playing field,” Calabria said, noting that FHFA issued a formal directive to the GSEs last week, and that it will ensure compliance with the ban through the GSEs’ regular reporting. ABA has long held that g-fees should be assessed equally on all lenders, and should reflect the true cost of the government sponsored guarantee.

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Monica C. Meinert

Monica C. Meinert is deputy editor of the ABA Banking Journal and editorial director at the American Bankers Association, where she oversees ABA Daily Newsbytes.