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Mortgage broker's days may be numbered

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Starting next year, mortgage brokers, who serve as middlemen between homebuyers and lenders, will be subject to new rules that experts say could push many to leave the business.

Issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau last week, the new rules prohibit brokers from raking in more compensation in exchange for placing borrowers in more expensive mortgages; they also disallow brokers from getting paid by both the borrower and the lender on a mortgage transaction.

While the rules will make working with a broker safer for consumers, experts say they may also leave them with fewer brokers to choose from.

Source: MarketWatch
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