Thursday, February 19, 2009

Home Buyers To Be Dinged With New Fees

Beginning April 1, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will increase mandatory fees and toughen credit-score and down-payment rules.

Under the new guidelines, applicants will be charged more for down payments of less than 30 percent. Home buyers with FICO scores between 700 and 720 will pay an extra three-quarters of a point. Applicants who purchase a condominium and do not have a 25 percent down payment also will pay a three-quarter point add-on penalty, regardless of their FICO score, for purchasing a condominium instead of a singlefamily home.

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