Today is about the day when you have to think twice about wishing anyone, “Happy New Year.” Okay, maybe tomorrow. There’s a lot of news out there to start 2022, including mortgage news. Moves by Freddie, Fannie, FHA, and VA have a ripple effect on the jumbo and non-Agency market as well. We were reminded of this yesterday when Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, via their conservator FHFA, publicized April changes to their loan level price adjustments. Freddie announced “…changes to our Credit Fees in Price for super conforming mortgages and mortgages secured by second homes. We are making these updates in light of the significant increase in the 2022 loan limits and under the guidance of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). These updated fees are effective for mortgages with settlement dates on and after April 1, 2022.” Freddie & Fannie’s change, although the industry has nearly three months to adapt pricing, is a huge adjustment. Jumbo loans (if the client has the required reserves) may be a (and probably will be) a better alternative. One seasoned vet wrote to me, saying, “This is a blunt way for Fannie to get rid of that business. The FHFA is probably hoping that the private label security (PLS) market will really step in and take second homes for good.” Today’s audio version of the commentary is available here and this week’s is sponsored by Real Estate Connection (REC), a boutique real estate brokerage that acts as a centralized and organized, fully-managed real estate fulfillment service, connecting buyers with local qualified Real Estate Agents and walking them through the entire home purchase and selling process with the lender partner.