What are the mortgage lender fees?


Mortgage lender fees and closing costs are a significant part of the cost of the loan. Beside the overall interest cost the borrower pays over the life of the loan, they have to come up with cash to cover upfront loan costs.

Mortgage Lender Fees, Closing Costs & Down Payment

The down payment can be a very significant sum - it could amount to 20% of the house price, although it is usually much less, or none.

Beside the down payment, closing costs are yet another amount that has to be paid upfront and can be difficult for the borrower to come up with. Closing costs could be 3 to 5%, and can be financed in the loan sometimes.

Mortgage lender and broker points and discount points are usually included in the overall closing costs. Lender/broker points are usually 1% each.

Loan origination fees (survey, appraisal, etc.), one year prepaid mortgage and hazard insurance, escrow funds, title search and insurance, attorney's fees and recording and transfer charges - these are all closing costs that have to be paid out of pocket, or the lender could pay them for a higher rate.

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