Skip to main content

Will homeowners and buyers lose $45,000?

Gibran Nicholas
Aug 13, 2009

Federal Reserve officials have met and issued a statement saying that their program to purchase $1.25 trillion of mortgage-backed securities will be winding down by the end of year. “The Fed is the single largest buyer of mortgage bonds in the market today,” said Gibran Nicholas, Chairman of the CMPS Institute, an organization that certifies mortgage bankers and brokers. “The way mortgage companies set their interest rates is by figuring out the price that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are willing to pay them for the mortgage. Fannie and Freddie set their price by figuring out what investors on the bond market are willing to pay them for the Mortgage-Backed Securities (mortgage bonds) that they issue. When the Fed stops buying mortgage-backed securities, the demand for these bonds will be much less, and mortgage rates will go higher.” Since the Fed began purchasing mortgage bonds and intervening in the mortgage markets, interest rates on fixed rate mortgages have dropped a full percentage point below where they would be otherwise. “Take out the Fed’s subsidy, and mortgage rates are likely to drift back up by at least one percent,” Nicholas said. “A one percentage point increase in mortgage rates – from 5.25% to 6.25% - would cost an extra $127 per month and $45,730 in interest over the life of a $200,000 30 year mortgage. This is exactly what could happen in 2010 once the Fed stops buying mortgage bonds.” Fed officials have been signaling for some time that their unprecedented interventions in the mortgage markets may come to an end or even be reversed once the economy begins to improve. “While we don’t believe the Fed will start selling mortgage bonds right away, we do believe that rates will start drifting higher in 2010 once the Fed stops purchasing mortgage bonds,” said Nicholas. “After all, it’s not every day that the Fed spends a whopping $1.25 trillion to subsidize mortgage rates. Take out this enormous subsidy, and the average person with a $200,000 mortgage who refinances or buys a house stands to lose $45,000 over the life of their home loan. That is why homeowners and buyers should really talk to their Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist and take advantage of this window of opportunity to refinance or buy a home while rates are artificially low.” For related information that is beneficial to homeowners and buyers, please visit Gibran Nicholas’ blog at Recent posts include: ► How to Save Over $30,000 on Your Home Purchase ► Two Reasons Why House Prices Will Go Up ► Is Housing Still Overvalued? For more information, visit  
Aug 13, 2009
Mortgage Forbearance Changes Create Challenges for Servicers

65% Of All Plans Would Expire By The End of 2021

Regulation and Compliance
Aug 02, 2021
CFPB Reports Trends In Financial Assistance

The latest developments from this study reveal that most consumers have exited the payment assistance they received at the start of the pandemic.

Analysis and Data
Jul 14, 2021
CFPB Orders GreenSky To Refund $9M In Unauthorized Loans

The consent order requires GreenSky to refund or cancel up to $9 million in loans for the customers harmed by this illegal conduct.

Regulation and Compliance
Jul 13, 2021
CFPB Warns Landlords And Consumer Reporting Agencies To Report Accurate Rental Information

Inaccurate rental or eviction information can unfairly block families and individuals from safe, affordable housing.

Regulation and Compliance
Jul 01, 2021
FHFA Mandates Quarterly Fair Lending Reports

FHFA issued orders for all enterprises to submit quarterly Fair Lending Reports with data and information to improve the FHFA’s capabilities. 

Regulation and Compliance
Jul 01, 2021
FHFA Follows CFPB To Protect Borrowers Once COVID-19 Foreclosure And Eviction Moratoriums End

The Federal Housing Finance Agency made it clear that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac servicers are not permitted to make first notice or filing for foreclosure that would be prohibited by the CFPB protections for borrowers affected by COVID-19.

Regulation and Compliance
Jun 30, 2021