What is a Mortgage Good Faith Estimate?
One part of the homebuying process is applying for a home loan. When you apply for a home loan, a lender is required to provide you with a mortgage good faith estimate (GFE) within three days of application. The GFE is a summary of the costs and expenses that the borrower will have to pay at the time he or she closes on a property. The GFE has recently become a standardized document so all lenders use the same document. This enables the consumer to shop and compare fees from various lenders before choosing a mortgage. Here is a sample of a good faith estimate. Below are examples of fees that you will find on the GFE.
Settlement, closing or escrow fee
· Property appraisal
· Credit report
· Lender's inspection
· Mortgage insurance application
· Mortgage broker fee
· Tax-related service fee
· Rate lock
· Wire transfer
· Abstract or title search
· Title examination
· Document preparation
· Title insurance
· City/county tax stamps
· Transfer tax
· Pest and building inspection
· Condominium application
· Prepaids for interest, hazard insurance, property taxes, mortgage insurance and flood insurance
Common GFE Terms and Fees:
Loan origination fee - This fee is charged to the borrower for making the loan.
Appraisal fee - The appraisal fee covers the property appraisal, which determines the value of the home.
Processing Fee - This is a lender fee for reviewing loan paperwork.
Underwriting Fee - This fee covers the cost of underwriting your loan.
Title Fees - Fees that cover the services of the title company, which handles the closing of your loan.
Recording Fee - This fee goes towards creating a public record of legal ownership for you on your home.
Prepaid Interest - Interest due on your loan from date of funding to the end of the month.
Escrow Fees - Escrow fees are held by the lender in order to pay your future insurance and tax fees.
VA Funding Fee - Unique to VA Loans, this one time fee is rolled into the total loan amount.
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