Do you know the definition of each of these terms: origination fee, origination charge, points, broker fee, and commitment fee?
Most consumers don’t and many uneducated and/or unethical lenders use these terms synonymously to purposely confuse consumers. Dodd Frank, who made many changes to financial institutions and mortgage lending regulations, added to the list of terms. Origination charge which actually combines some fees together to make it more confusing.
One helpful tool is to ask for an itemized list of charges when a lender presents you with a good faith estimate and truth in lending statement- a “Fees Worksheet.” You may recognize it as the old good faith estimate that actually listed all of the charges associated with closing your loan.
Dodd Frank abolished this worksheet in favor of the new good faith estimate slanted toward ensuring that you know how much commission the lender is making on your mortgage.
Yet, Dodd Frank did not include language requiring banks and lending institutions to disclose their commissions on the new good faith estimates. Consumers that use a large banking institution run the risk of receiving false information and flawed pre-approval confirmations along with paying thousands more in commissions that are not disclosed.
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