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Connecticut lawmakers argue against FHFA g-fee hikes

Connecticut lawmakers sent a letter to the Federal Housing Finance Agency warning a proposed hike to guarantee fees on mortgages acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac()

The proposed g-fee fee increase will effect five states, including Connecticut, Illinois, Florida, New Jersey and New York. Some estimates from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) suggests the increase could add as much as $100 to annual mortgage payments in the impacted states.

The g-fee proposal is designed to recover a portion of the expenses associated with mortgage defaults in states where the entire default process takes longer. The subject of raising g-fees is the focus of the November HousingWire magazine cover story. In that article the FHFA states, “the enterprises have used to calculate state-level cost differences in this proposal are based on a combination of enterprise experience and estimation,” the agency explained. "Actual costs incurred by the enterprises in the future may vary over time and among individual defaults within a state."

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The g-fee increase proposed by the FHFA was designed to price in local risk factors tied to states that experience longer foreclosure ().

Analyst Sarah () with RBS recently pointed out that foreclosure () in the five impacted states run an average of two years.

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