The Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011 was signed into law earlier this month. At the time it was passed we knew it was going to be financed with higher guaranty fees from Fannie Mae & Freddit Mac. These G-Fees are built into the price or interest rate of a new home loan. Today, Fannie Mae announced that they are raising their G-Fees by 10 basis points (0.1%) beginning April 1.
What this means for those looking to finance the purchase of a home, or refinancing, is that they will pay about 0.1% higher in interest rate than they otherwise would have. Lenders' rates will be impacted a couple months in advance of the April 1 start date.
So a payroll tax cut is paid for by what amounts to a mortgage tax for new homeowners and those that refinance their existing home loans.