Top mistakes to avoid at closing

  • Rushing. Closing on your home and mortgage is one of the most important financial commitments you’ll ever make. Take all the time you need.
  • Trying to make someone else happy. You are going to be the one who has to pay the mortgage every month. The only person you need to make happy is you.
  • Feeling like you “should” know the answer to something, and not asking questions. Mortgages are complicated, and there’s a lot of unfamiliar paperwork. When in doubt, ask!
  • Silencing that little voice inside of you that says something is wrong. Trust your gut and speak up.
  • Now is your chance to prevent future problems.

Be a savvy mortgage borrower

  • Know that closing is a big deal—it’s the moment when you commit yourself to up to 30 years of mortgage payments.
  • Prepare for your closing in advance, so you can be confident and prepared on the big day.
  • Pay attention to the details at closing to make sure you are getting what you expected.
  • Know you have a right to understand 100 percent of what you are signing.
  • Ask questions until you feel comfortable with everything.
  • Know that walking away at closing may be better than signing a deal you’re not comfortable with.

Tips to Prepare You For Settlement