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发信人: chem (Mortgage Consultant), 信区: MA_Mortgage_Realestate
标 题: Mortgage Loan Closing - Process Overview
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The Mortgage Loan Closing When Buying a Home
Once your application for a mortgage loan has been approved and you have
received a commitment letter from the lender, the final step before you can
call the house your own is the closing, or settlement, of the purchase
transaction and mortgage loan. Even though you have signed a purchase
agreement and your loan request has been approved, you have no rights to the
property, including access, until the legal title to the property is
transferred to you and the loan is closed. You should have a good
understanding of what is involved in the closing process, because there are
a number of things that you can do to make sure that it goes smoothly and on
At closing, you will sign the mortgage loan documents, the seller will
execute the deed to the property, funds will be collected and disbursed, and
the closing agent will record the necessary instruments to give you legal
ownership of the property. Settlement of a mortgage loan is a legal process,
so specific procedures and requirements will vary according to state and
local laws, but a general description of closing practices can help you
through the process.
Between Commitment and Closing
As soon as you receive firm approval from the lender who is making your
mortgage loan, you should confirm the actual date of loan closing. An
estimated closing date was probably specified in the sale contract, but a
firm date needs to be set by you, the seller of the property and your lender
. You want to make sure that settlement will take place before your loan
commitment expires and before any rate lock agreement (guaranteed terms of
the loan) expires. The settlement date also has to allow adequate time to
assemble all of the required documentation. If repairs or maintenance on the
property are a part of the lender's commitment, there must be time to
complete them. The real estate agents involved in the sale transaction and
the lender are often the best people to coordinate the closing arrangements.
Most lenders require at least 3 to 5 days advance notice of the closing
date in order to prepare the loan documents and get them to the closing
There are standard documents and exhibits that are commonly required for a
loan closing, regardless of jurisdiction. Some of these will be your
responsibility and others will be the responsibility of the seller. The
following documents are typically required for closing.
■Title Insurance Policy - Every lender will require title insurance. The
company issuing the title insurance policy will have researched legal
records to make sure that you are receiving clear title, or ownership, to
the property. Their title search has established that the seller of the
property is the legal owner, and that there are no claims, or liens, against
the property. The title company offers both a lender's policy and an owner'
s policy. You will have to pay for a lender's policy and it is advisable for
you to have an owner's policy as well. For a small additional premium, it
will protect you up to the full value of the property if fraud, a lien or
faulty title is discovered after closing.
■Homeowner's Insurance - The lender will require you to have homeowners
insurance on the property at least in the amount of the replacement cost of
the property. You should make sure the policy covers the value of the
property and contents in the event they are destroyed by fire or storm. You
must pay for the policy and have it at closing. You are free to select the
insurance carrier, but the lender will require the company to meet rating
standards and be rated by a recognized insurance rating agency.
■Termite Inspection and Certification - In many areas of the country, the
property must be inspected for termites and the inspection is required in
the purchase contract. In some parts of the country, this may be called a "
wood infestation" report. The report is required on all FHA and VA loans as
well as many conventional loans.
■Survey or Plot Plan - Your lender may require a survey of the property,
showing the property boundaries, the location of the improvements, any
easements for utilities or street right-of-way, and any encroachments on the
boundaries by fences or buildings. Encroachments can be minor, such as a
fence, or may be serious and have to be corrected before closing. In some
areas, an addendum to the title policy eliminates the need for a survey.
■Water and Sewer Certification - If the property is not served by public
water and sewer facilities, you will need local government certification of
the private water source and sanitary sewer facility. Properties with well
and septic water sources are usually governed by county codes and standards.
■Flood Insurance - If the lender or the appraiser determines that the
property is located within a defined flood plain, you will want, and the
lender will require, a flood insurance policy. The policy must remain in
force for the life of the loan.
■Certificate of Occupancy or Building Code Compliance Letter - If your home
is new construction, you will have to have a Certificate of Occupancy,
usually from the city or county, before you can close the loan and move in.
The builder will obtain the certificate from the appropriate authority. Many
local governments require an inspection when a home is sold to see if the
property conforms to local building codes. Code violations may require
repairs or replacement of structural or mechanical elements. The
responsibility for ordering the inspection and paying for any required
repairs should be spelled out in the purchase contract.
■Other Documentation - Additional documentation required for closing will
be set out in the commitment letter from the lender and will depend upon
terms of the sale, peculiarities of the property and local ordinances and
custom. Examples would include private road maintenance agreements if the
street in front of your property is not maintained by a municipality or
proof of sale of your previous home if that was a condition of approval of
Within 24 hours prior to the actual closing, your and your real estate agent
should make a final inspection of the property to make sure any required
repairs have been completed, all property described in the sale contract,
such as kitchen appliances, carpeting and draperies are present and that no
recent fire or storm damage has occurred. In most cases, the lender will
make a similar inspection before closing.
The Loan Closing
The actual loan closing procedure, including who conducts the closing and
who is present, depends upon local law and custom and lender practices. Some
states require that you be represented by an attorney, others do not. Even
if it is not required by law, you may want to have an attorney, review the
Some lenders will close the loan in their offices, some will use title or
escrow companies and some will send their instructions and documents to
their attorney or yours to conduct the closing. As soon as you receive your
commitment letter from the lender, you should determine who is responsible
for closing arrangements.
The actual closing is conducted by a closing agent who may be an employee of
the lender or the title company, or it may be an attorney representing you
or the lender. The lender and seller, or their representatives, and the real
estate agents may or may not be at the actual closing. It is not unusual
for the parties to the transaction to complete their roles without ever
meeting face to face.
The closing agent will have received instructions from the lender on how the
loan is to be documented and the funds disbursed, and will have collected
all of the necessary exhibits from you, the seller and the lender. The
closing agent will make sure that all necessary papers are signed and
recorded and that funds are properly disbursed and accounted for when the
closing is completed.
You typically need to come to the closing with a certified check for the
closing costs, including the balance of the down payment. You can get the
exact figure a day or two prior to the closing from the lender or the
closing agent. You should also bring the homeowners insurance policy and
proof of payment if it has not been delivered earlier.
For the most part, your role at closing is to review and sign the numerous
documents associated with a mortgage loan. The closing agent should explain
the nature and purpose of each one and give you and/or your attorney an
opportunity to check them before signing. A brief description of the major
documents may help you understand their purpose and significance.
Settlement Statement - HUD-1
■This form is required by Federal law and is prepared by the closing agent.
It provides the details of the sale transaction including the sale price,
amount of financing, loan fees and charges, proration of real estate taxes,
amounts due to and from buyer and seller and funds due to third parties such
as the selling real estate agent. It must be signed by both buyer and
seller and becomes a part of the lender's permanent loan file.
■Some of your charges on the HUD-1 may have already been paid, such as
credit report and appraisal fees. They will be noted as P.O.C. (paid outside
the closing). You will usually be charged interest on the loan from the
date of settlement until the first day of the next month and your first
payment will be due on the first day of the month and your subsequent
payment will be due on the first of the following month. Make sure you know
exactly when your first and subsequent payments are due and what the
penalties are for being late.
■If your loan is greater than 80 percent of the value of the property, you
will probably have to pay for mortgage insurance that protects the lender in
case you default.
■In addition to your monthly payments on the loan, most lenders will
require you to maintain an "escrow", or "impound," account for real estate
taxes and insurance. Current law permits a lender to collect a "cushion" of
up to 1/6th (2 months) of the estimated annual real estate taxes and
insurance payments at closing. Additionally, real estate taxes for the
current year will be pro-rated between you and the seller and paid at
closing. After closing, you will remit 1/12 of the annual amount with each
monthly payment. Tax and insurance bills should be sent to the lender who
will pay them out of the escrow funds collected.
■This form is also required by Federal law. You were given an initial TIL
shortly after you completed the loan application. If no changes have taken
place since that time, the lender need not provide one at closing. If,
however there are significant charges, you must receive a corrected TIL no
later than settlement.
The Mortgage Note
■The mortgage note is legal evidence of your indebtedness and your formal
promise to repay the debt. It sets out the amount and terms of the loan and
also recites the penalties and steps the lender can take if you fail your
payments on time.
The Mortgage or Deed of Trust
■This is the "security instrument" which gives the lender a claim against
your house if you fail to live up to the terms of the mortgage note. It
recites the legal rights and obligations of both you and the lender and
gives the lender the right to take the property by foreclosure if you
default on the loan. The mortgage or deed of trust will be recorded,
providing public notice of the lender's claim (lien) on the property.
■There will be a number of documents or affidavits that you will be asked
to sign at closing. Some are lender requirements (e.g. a statement that you
intend to occupy the properties your primary residence), or are required by
state or Federal law. These instruments should not be taken lightly. Some
provide for criminal penalties for false information, and some may give the
lender the right to call your loan, which means the entire loan amount
becomes immediately due and payable. When everything has been signed and the
closing agent is satisfied that all of the instructions for closing have
been complied with in full, you become the owner and are given the keys to