The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) has set the Interest Rate on Required Residential Mortgage Loan Escrow Accounts at 0.15% for 2018. Wisconsin Statute Section 138.052 requires financial institutions that originate a first lien or first lien equivalent residential mortgage loans to pay interest at the rate established by DFI on the outstanding principal balance of an escrow account the lender requires in connection with such loans. The interest rate of 0.15% shall remain in effect through Dec. 31, 2018, and is an increase by 0.01% from the 2017 rate, which will remain in effect through Dec. 31, 2017.