Summary of your loan
This section discloses the initial loan amount, interest rate, monthly payment and loan term.
The payment includes principal, interest and mortgage insurance, if any, but not property taxes or homeowners insurance.
The series of yes-or-no checkboxes spells out whether the rate can rise, whether the loan balance or payment can increase, and whether the loan has a prepayment penalty or balloon payment. If any of the "Yes" boxes are checked, further details should be disclosed.
Escrow account information
This section discloses whether the lender will collect a portion of the annual property taxes and homeowners insurance premium each month in addition to the loan payment. If so, those amounts will be held in an escrow (or impound) account and used to pay those expenses when they're due.
Summary of your settlement charges
The "A," "B" and "A+B" lines at the bottom of Page 1 show the totals of costs that are explained in detail on Page 2. "A" is the total of the lender's loan origination charges. "B" is the total of fees for other settlement services. The key word here is "estimated." The costs could change before the loan closes.
Understanding your estimated settlement charges
The first two parts of this section disclose more information about the loan origination charges and interest rate. If the first box in Part 2 is checked, Part 1 includes all the origination charges. If the second box is checked, the loan features a credit that reduces the charges and raises the rate. If the third box is checked, the loan includes points, which increase the charges and reduce the interest rate.
Parts 3 through 11 summarize the other closing costs, including lender-required services (an appraisal, for example), lender's title insurance, owner's title insurance, recording fees, transfer taxes, escrow account deposit (if any), prepaid interest and homeowners insurance. Some of these charges can't change, others can increase no more than 10 percent, and still others are unrestricted, allowing the borrower to select companies he or she prefers.
The chart at the top of Page 3 explains, in another format, which charges have zero tolerance, which have 10 percent tolerance and which can change to an unlimited amount.
The trade-off table
The table at the top of Page 3 helps borrowers weigh whether to pay higher closing costs to obtain a lower interest rate or pay lower costs and accept a higher rate, Bott explains in the HUD video. The choice, she says, is essentially one of paying higher closing costs now or paying more interest later.
The shopping chart
The second table on Page 3 allows borrowers to compare the terms and total estimated settlement charges of four loans side by side. The chart includes only the highlights, not all the details of each loan.