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Tips for Homebuyers

Closing day - What's involved?

On the closing day you will present your receipt for the homeowners insurance policy.
Then the closing agent will detail how much the buyer and seller owe to each other
(based on different expenses like prepaid taxes, down payment, unpaid taxes,
inspection charges etc).

Then comes the time to sign the contract, where you sign the mortgage and agree that if
you do not make the payment, the lender can sell the property and charge the buyer for
any expenses relating to the sale. The buyer will then receive the title to the house from
the seller. This title will be in the form of a singed deed. The deed and mortgage then
have to be recorded in public records, which are the state Registry of deeds and
recording you as the homeowner.

Here is a list of steps that need to be completed for the close:
Note: The details of closing, including what documents and fees are required, who
conducts the meeting, and even who attends the meeting vary a great deal from state to

�� Coordinate repairs and coordinate the repair process
�� Provide complete disclosures
�� Sign-off

�� Schedule and attend the appraisal
�� Attend the appraisal
�� Attend the inspection
�� Review all the property paperwork
�� Sign-off
�� Walk through: This is where the buyer completes a physical inspection of the
property to ensure that the repairs have been completed

Understanding Closing Costs

Closing costs will differ in different locations and counties. These costs are typically
between 3 and 5 % of your loan amount and encompass the following categories:
lenders fees (all expenses relating to the loan process), escrow, external party fees (all
expenses paid to skilled/certified professionals like appraisers, contractors, certifiers and
insurance professionals), Government or Public fees (towards taxes, deeds and related
paperwork and recording information).
Here are the common expenses that make up most of the closing cost: escrow fees,
lenders points, title search, insurance, property taxes, agent commissions, appraisal fee,
loan origination fee, home owners insurance policy (prepaid), recording fee, survey fee

Here are some of the common fees that you may come across:
�� ADMINISTRATIVE FEE: This is usually a flat fee that can range between $ 50
and $100.
�� INDEPENDENT APPRAISAL FEE: Find out the value of the house you are about
to purchase. The fee could range from a low of $ 400 to a high of $ 1200.
�� BROKER FEE: Most brokers will either charge a fee or appropriate part of the
interest rate or the processing fee for the services provided.
�� BROKER PROCESSING FEE: This account's for the cost in processing the file
for getting your loan and it may range between $ 400 and $ 500.
�� COURIER FEE: Most lenders use couriers to ensure delivery and signing of
contracts and settlements. This fee may be separate, or it may be part of the
administration fee.
�� CREDIT REPORT FEE: The lender will run many credit reports to check your
credit history. They will then transfer these costs to you, which could be in the
range of $ 50 - $ 80.
�� TAX FEE: If the lender hires a tax agency to monitor your tax payments, then you
will be charged a fee for it and it could range from $ 40 t0 $ 180.
�� ESCROW FEES: A neutral third party handles an escrow, which is the title
company. The role of the title company and the escrow officer is to coordinate
the logistics of the sale like financials, paperwork, and bill pay and title record.
The charge for these services is called an escrow fee, settlement fee or closing
�� LENDERS POINTS: The lender imposes a charge in connection with the loan.
Normally a point is equal to 1 % of the loan amount. A mortgage of $ 150,000 the
point would be $ 1,500.
�� LOAN ORIGINATION FEE: This covers the lenders administrative costs.
�� INTEREST ON ESCROW ACCOUNTS: Here are some of the states in which
lenders have to pay you interest on escrow accounts: California, Connecticut,
Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York,
Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Wisconsin and Vermont.
�� OTHER COSTS: Property taxes, interest, recording fee, survey fee, home
owners insurance policy for which the receipt is required and title insurance (for
you and the lender).

Here is a list of some of the things the buyer can expect to get at the closing. This
information is based on the HUD -1 form (Source - The US Department of Housing and
Urban Development)

�� Truth-in-lending statement
�� Mortgage note
�� Mortgage or deed of trust
�� Binding sales contract
�� Keys to the new home

Note: This report is meant to be a general reference guide. Local practices within
your county and area may differ. For specific information on the closing costs in your
county, please email me with the details of the location or contact a local title

Ask your lender for a detailed estimate of closing costs. For a list of estimates and
approximate range of closing costs, please refer to the table below:


Administrative fee $ 300
Application fee $ 200
Appraisal fee $ 250
Mortgage brokers fee $ 150
Credit report fee (more than one source) $ 50 - $ 80
Lender fees (misc) $ 300
Tax service fee $ 40 - $ 180
Escrow fees- Depends on the title company and the services provided
Title insurance fees $ 600
Interest- Depends on the loan amount
Roof, pool, pest and other property inspection $ 300 - $ 500
Total may average $ 3500 + agent's fee, attorney's fee, transfer taxes, etc which may then equal $ 5000 (for a $ 150000 mortgage)
"All information in this report is deemed reliable but not guaranteed."
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