Typical Closing Costs
- Origination fee
- Appraisal fee
- Credit report
- Underwriting fee & Document preparation/review fee
- Tax service fee
- Attorney’s/Escrow fees
- Title insurance
- Transfer tax (Purchase transactions)
- Property survey (Purchase transactions)
- Termite inspection (typically associated with a purchase)
- Prepaid interest (interest that accrues between closing and the end of the closing month)
- Homeowner’s insurance
Anticipating Closing Costs
We will of course supply you with a detailed analysis of your fees in a Good Faith Estimate. We will also supply you with a Truth in Lending form, which will provide you with a disclosure estimating the costs of the loan you have applied for, including your total finance charge and the Annual Percentage Rate (APR). The APR expresses the cost of your loan as a yearly rate. The items you see here are most of the costs incurred, any other fees will be fully disclosed in the Good Faith Estimate which you will receive as soon as possible, and no later than three days after applying for your loan.
Various fees explained:
Origination Fees & Discount Points
The origination fee is charged for the lender’s work in evaluating and preparing your mortgage loan. Discount points are a fee you can pay to “buy” a lower interest rate – the more points paid, the lower the rate. One point equals one percent of the loan amount. For example, one point on a $300,000 loan would be $3,000. In some cases – especially with refinances – you can add the points to your loan amount, thus not having to pay points out of your pocket.
This fee pays for an independent appraisal of the home you want to purchase. The lender requires this opinion or estimate of the market value of the house for the loan. We have many qualified appraisers available to help.
A credit score (link) number is often called a FICO score. The score distills all of the information in your credit report (link), using a formula to calculate a single number that indicates your credit worthiness.
Underwriting and Documents Fees
Lenders must underwrite your file in order to see if it meets their lending requirements and the requirements of the companies who ultimately purchase loans for investment purposes. They then must produce a viable set of loan documents meeting strict Us and state laws
This fee is for setting up your file, all internal work and for procuring all documentation required to make your loan viable for the lender criteria, and for following up to be sure your loan funds at the proper loan amount, fees and closing date.
Title and Escrow fees
These fees may vary by jurisdiction; often includes the cost of title insurance or title search and attorney’s title opinion; may cover premiums for the lender’s policy (insuring that its mortgage is a first lien on the property) and a separate policy insuring the buyer’s title
Transfer taxes are state and local taxes that are assessed on real property when ownership of the property is transferred between parties. Documentary stamps are purchased covering such charges and are place on the deed.
The surveyor determines whether the house is within the property borders, whether there are any encroachments on the property by neighbors and the extent to which any easements on the property may affect legal title.
The interest on your loan calculated on a per day basis and paid in advance from the day of your loan closing through the last day of the month in which your closing takes place. This enables the lender to make payments for your loan due on the 1st of the month.
Insurance: Homeowners & Hazard
A form or protection against physical damage to the house by fire, wind, vandalism and other causes. Your lender will expect you to have a policy in effect at closing.
Please, feel free to Tom, or initiate a quick pre-approval form, it takes only about 3 minutes to complete.