What costs should I expect at the loan closing?
At the loan closing, you will be required to pay your down payment and other various closing costs and fees. Most of the closing fees are paid by the buyer, but some of the fees are prorated, by date, to the seller and the buyer. In order to be prepared to pay the closing costs, you may request a Good Faith Estimate from the lender. However, the estimate often differs from the actual closing costs, so it is important to understand what to expect.
Before you make long term decisions about the terms of your mortgage, such as locking in an interest rate, you should review the Good Faith Estimate to determine if there are hidden costs that may change your decision.
Typically, total closing costs will be from 2-6% of your mortgage amount. Although the Good Faith Estimate is subject to change, under (RESPA) the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, you have a right to request a HUD-1 Settlement Statement (one day before the actual settlement or closing). The HUD-1 details the actual fees that will be required. It is important to review this statement to ensure that you agree with and understand all the costs and fees listed.
At times, fees such as the application fee, credit report fee, or the appraisal fee may be required with the loan application before the closing. Certain fees vary from lender to lender, but generally, taxes, appraisals, credit reports and title insurance should be comparable for all borrowers. Sometimes, your fees may be included in the mortgage amount, depending on the terms negotiated. But generally, the buyer comes prepared to pay the related fees at the time of the loan closing.