New HUD-1 and GFE in 2010 to Help Borrowers Compare Settlement Fees

If you are purchasing home that goes to settlement after January 1, 2010 you will be provided with a revised HUD-1 and Good Faith Estimate (GFE).  These forms have been updated to help borrowers compare settlement estimates with the actual fees charged at closing.

Entire article here – REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-New Rules to Clarify Fees.

Fees are divided into three categories:

  • Fees that cannot increase from upfront estimates to closing, including lender or broker’s mortgage origination, processing, and underwriting charges, as well as lender or broker’s “points” based on the interest rate quoted and local transfer taxes.
  • Fees that can increase as much as 10 percent from upfront estimates, including services such as appraisals, title insurance, and recording fees from local governments.
  • Fees that can increase without limit because the amount is difficult to predict in advance, including home owners insurance, daily interest charges on the loan, and initial deposits by the borrower into an escrow account.

The new HUD-1 form will allow the borrower to easily compare what they were told the settlement fees will be with what they actually are at closing.