EDITORS NOTE: This post has been updated here. With all the changes HUD created with the 2010 Good Faith Estimate, they are no longer a practical tool for mortgage originators and actually, no where on the GFE is there a place showing "funds for closing". Please skip this post and read the one linked above.
Your closing date on your new home is a couple of days away, your feeling a little case of the jitters…the last thing you want to deal with is to be surprised with what funds are due at your signing appointment with the escrow company.
Here's how you can clear up the funds to close issue:
- Your Mortgage Professional should provide you with a "fine tuned" Good Faith Estimate 5 or more business days before closing for review. Check out the amount due for closing and if you are being credited for the earnest money deposit and any funds you have provided to the lender. Also verify if any credits to you are reflected by the seller. If you are unsure at all, ask–don't assume. This is the best time to make any adjustments, if needed.
- Verify with your Mortgage Professional if the GFE is factoring in your earnest money deposit.
- Your Mortgage Professional should obtain an estimated HUD-1 Settlement Statement from the escrow company 2 days before closing to review it for any corrections or modifications.
- You may want to request seeing a copy of your estimated HUD-1 Settlement Statement prior to your signing appointment. Currently this is not standard practice.
- Bring a copy of your Good Faith Estimate with you to your signing appointment. The lender fees shown in Section 800 of the HUD should be close to those shown on your Good Faith Estimate.
What if there are errors? Try not to panic. Depending on how much time there is prior to the scheduled funding, the lender may be able to redraft loan documents if needed. 80% of our loans our funded within our own credit line so unless it involves someone having to be re-approved for a higher loan amount, loan documents can be emailed fairly easily to the escrow company. Often times, it could just be correcting a few documents and not the entire loan package.
The closing table can be an emotional time. It's in your best interest to have as many of the details worked as far in advance as possible. If you have questions or concerns, speak up. This is not the time to be bashful. This is your mortgage and one of the largest financial transactions you will make in your lifetime…be responsible and take action.