New Mortgage Tip #5 – read the paperwork

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Tip #5 – read the paperwork

Watch for these docs.

  1. The loan estimate will come first. Here are some key things to look for:
  • The APR (see No. 2 above)
  • The interest rate
  • The monthly payment
  • The loan terms, such as a 30-year or 15-year mortgage, adjustable rate or fixed
  • The total cost of the loan
  • Cash amount you’ll need at closing
  1. The closing document will come at least three days before you close. It should look just like the first document, but instead of estimates it will have final numbers. If you see any increases or additional fees you weren’t expecting, question the lender immediately. Because if it shows even a tenth of a percent interest-rate jump you weren’t expecting (say 4.1% instead of 4%) — and you don’t question it — that could mean a difference of almost $3,700 on a $176,000 mortgage.

Review and compare them. And, most importantly, don’t be afraid to speak up if you spot a surprise.

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