Banks are a convenient way to get a mortgage; however, this convenience comes with a price. Bank mortgages include a hidden fee called Service Release Premium. Here are several tips to help you avoid overpaying for your mortgage if you are considering borrowing from your Bank.
The most important thing you need to know about Bank mortgage loans is that banks are exempt from the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). RESPA laws protect borrowers by requiring lenders to disclose information about their mortgage profit margins. Your Bank is in the mortgage business to make money and they do this by selling the mortgages they originate on the secondary market.
What is the secondary mortgage market? This is where mortgage debt is pooled together by lending institutions such as Fannie Mae, insured and sold to investors. If you take out a mortgage from your Bank they will turn around and sell the loan as soon as it is funded. The higher your mortgage rate, the more money the Bank receives when selling your loan. This is where Service Release Premium factors in.
Similar to Yield Spread Premium, Service Release Premium is the markup of your mortgage interest rate to boost the Bank’s profits on the secondary market. Your Bank knows what wholesale mortgage rates are; however, the Bank’s rate sheets are marked up to boost their profits when they sell the loans. This markup is Service Release Premium. Because the Banks are exempt from the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, they are not required to disclose this markup.
Bank employees will show you their Bank’s mortgage rate sheets, often swearing there is no markup. Ask your Bank representative to pull up the weekly yield on Fannie Mae’s website and explain the difference between Fannie Mae’s yield and the Bank’s rate sheets; they won’t be able to give you an explanation. The bottom line when taking out a mortgage loan: never take out a mortgage from your Bank. You can learn more about your mortgage options, including costly mistakes to avoid with a free mortgage tutorial.