Consumer-Friendly Closing Statments Mandated

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Heads  Up, Bluffton South Carolina Home Buyers 

The Department of Housing and Urban Development will require that closing costs be spelled out on a new, consumer-friendly version of the good-faith estimate form. Technically, lenders are to furnish borrowers this information within three days of applying for a mortgage. 

A new HUD-1 form will be in force, effective January 1, 2010. The new forms permit borrowers to compare good faith estimates with the actual closing fees. 

There are three categories of fees--

Fees that cannot increase from the good-faith--these include:

  • Lender mortgage origination 
  • Underwriting charges 
  • Lender points 
  • Local transfer taxes

Fees that can increase as much as 10 percent from the good-faith estimates, include:

  • Appraisals
  • Title insurance
  • Recording fees from local governments.

Fees that can increase include

  • Escrowed Initial deposits 
  • Daily interest charges on the loan
  • Home owners insurance

Now is a good time to purchase a home in Bluffton, Sun City or Hilton Head.


Posted by

John March