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MoneyDid you know the new mortgage rules make it cheaper for buyers if they use related companies for mortgage, title and insurance. This is a big plus for those brokers who have in house companies. Why is it cheaper?

The mortgage rules that have gone into place this year limit the total fees you as a buyer can be charged to 3% of the purchase price for all three services, insiurance, title insurance and mortgage if the companies are related. For example, if you buy a home with me, use Propserity Home Mortgage, Sage Premier Title and Long & Foster Insurance, your fees can only total 3%. Even in PA where title insurance rates are set by the State this applies and fees have to be adjusted to meet the 3% total.

However, if you use three unrelated companies each can charge you up to 3% for a total of 9%. That is quite a difference. Not sure if this was the intention of the new rules, but it does create a saving for buyers who use one stop shopping provided by many brokers.

We find many buyers only have a relationship with one of these service companies, and that is usually insurance. So think twice before refusing your agents recommendation to get a quote from the in-house mortgage company, title company and insurance company, however happy you are with your own insurance company.

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Comment balloon 0 commentsNick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 • April 19 2014 07:50AM

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