Loan Level Pricing Adjustment Charged By Mortgage Lenders


This ARTICLE On Loan Level Pricing Adjustment Charged By Mortgage Lenders Was PUBLISHED On August 7th, 2019

Loan Level Pricing Adjustment
Gustan Cho Associates

Loan Level Pricing Adjustment (Also referred to as LLPA) are pricing hits charged by mortgage lenders due to the lender taking on higher risk by borrowers on conventional loans. Lenders will start with par rates.

  • Par rates are mortgage interest rates for 740 FICO borrowers, 20% down payment, 41% debt to income ratios, and an average loan size of $200,000
  • For example, par rates today may be 3.75%
  • However, a mortgage lender may have Loan Level Pricing Adjustment of an 0.125% basis points for every 20 FICO point drop below the 740 credit scores
  • The lender can have a 25 basis point Loan Level Pricing Adjustment for debt to income ratios exceeding 50%
  • Another Loan Level Pricing Adjustment for the loan size is under $250,000
  • Lenders can have Loan Level Pricing Adjustment on just about anything
  • Some lenders even have Loan Level Pricing Adjustment on certain states

In this article, we will cover and discuss Loan Level Pricing Adjustment (LLPA) charged by mortgage lenders due to taking on higher risk than par rate borrowers.

What Is The Mortgage Par Rates

What Is The Mortgage Par Rates

When borrowers hear mortgage rates in the news, the rate quoted is the mortgage par rate. The mortgage par rate is the benchmark interest rate on home loans.

Here is how mortgage par rates are calculated on Conventional Loans:

  • The national average of current mortgage rates for prime borrowers
  • Prime borrowers are mortgage borrowers with 20% down payment, 740 credit scores, and lower debt to income ratios

Prime borrowers are eligible for par rates without any pricing adjustments. Lenders can offer below par rates for great credit/income borrowers with a substantial down payment. Prime borrowers can shop for the best rate due to their strong credit/income profile. Lenders offer par rates to borrowers with little risk. The fewer risk borrowers have for lenders, the lower the rate lenders can offer.

How Does LLPA Come Into Play For Mortgage Borrowers

How Does LLPA Come Into Play For Mortgage Borrowers

Borrowers with less than perfect credit will get penalized with pricing adjustments.

  • Both government and conventional loans have LLPAs
  • However, the down payment on government loans does not play a factor in government loans
  • This is due to the government guarantee

Alex Carlucci, a senior vice president at Gustan Cho Associates and one of the top producers at GCA says the following about LLPAs:

Loan-level pricing adjustments is a risk-based fee assessed to mortgage borrowers using conventional loans. Loan-level pricing adjustments vary by the borrower. LLPAs is based on loan traits such as loan-to-value (LTV), credit score, occupancy type, and the number of units in a home. Borrowers often pay LLPAs in the form of higher mortgage interest rates. Each week, government-backed Freddie Mac publishes its Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), a review of the week’s average mortgage rates available to U.S. borrowers. For many borrowers, however, these rates can prove elusive. Freddie Mac may report current rates firmly at 3.75%, but when borrowers call their loan officer, they may be quoted a substantially higher rate than the par rate in the news. The loan officer not pulling a fast one on you. The mortgage rate may really be higher than what Freddie Mac reports — particularly if you’re using a conventional home loan to purchase your new home. The bump to your mortgage rate is the result of a government-mandated, rate-altering program based on something called “risk-based pricing. More formally, it’s known as the loan-level pricing adjustment (LLPA) program.

Mortgage Brokers get paid by a lender. The maximum a mortgage broker can make on a residential home loan is 2.75% yield spread premium. The yield spread premium is part of the LLPA. So on a lender paid transaction, the rate the borrower is getting quoted has the broker’s commission or YSP already factored in. If the borrower wants a lower rate and negotiate the mortgage broker’s commission less than the 2.75% YSP, then the transaction needs to go borrower-paid and have the borrower compensate the mortgage broker.

Discount Points Charged For Lower Credit Borrowers

what is the Discount Points Charged For Lower Credit Borrowers

Mortgage borrowers with lower credit scores may get charged discount points.

  • Mortgage rates on government and conventional loans cannot go a certain interest rate by law
  • However, borrowers with lower credit scores are willing to pay a higher rate to get into a home
  • Unfortunately, after a certain point, the lenders cannot charge any additional pricing hits
  • Therefore, if there are additional LLPAs beyond a certain rate, the lender needs to charge discount points
  • One discount point is equivalent to 1.0% of the loan amount
  • It is not uncommon for borrowers with under 580 credit scores to pay 1.0% or more in discount points on FHA Loans
  • Discount points are part of closing costs so they can be covered with sellers concessions

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