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RESPA (Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act) rewrite will affect builder's incentives.
Many builders offer additional discounts, also commonly known as incentives, (sometimes very steep) to consumers purchasing a home and financing it through their "preferred" lenders. The preferred lenders range from mortgage companies run by the builder themselves or lenders that have made an exclusive deal through the builder to offer loans. I have always felt that this was a bad idea and even went through some numbers with a non-builder affiliated lender once, so that they could show me how it wasn't always the best idea to take the loan the builder offered. Although the consumer was getting the incentive and saving money, in the long run, the loan they were offering wasn't fully competitive with what the outside lender could offer.
So when I read through my emails this morning, I noticed an email from a title company that is often full of great facts and useful knowledge and here was this email about HUD changes to RESPA. I was excited to read it.
The rule goes into effect on January 16, 2009 and builders will no longer be able to offer these great incentives for use of their preferred lenders. Many Realtors, builders, and mortgage lenders are opposed to this idea, but I for one, welcome the change. While I see their point of how it will affect the pricing of the homes and making them more affordable to people, my thinking leads me to believe if they can offer the discount in the first place, the room is there to lower the price. Builders are not throwing money out the window just because.
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