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Loan Process

What is the HUD-1?

This is the second post in a nine part series on the mortgage loan process.



The HUD-1 is a government-designed form used to note the participants in a real estate transaction and itemize the expenses and proceeds for both the buyer and seller. This document is executed at the time of settlement, and all parties receive a copy.

The HUD-1 Settlement Statement will allow you to compare the costs provided on the “Good Faith Estimate” with the actual final costs and pre-paid expenses for your transaction. Be sure to save a copy to use at tax time.

We want you to know as much as possible about your transaction. If you would like to see a sample of the HUD-1 form or learn more about the difference between fees and expenses, please ask. Your questions are welcome; all contact information is here.

Can I Use Mattress Money to Close My Loan?

This is the first post in a nine part series on the mortgage loan process. With vigilant focus on the source of funds for closing mortgage loans, it’s important to know what’s acceptable.


Here’s what you need to know and what you’ll need to provide:

Mattress Money or any “cash on hand” is not acceptable. All funds must be “seasoned,” which means your money needs to be in an institutional account (bank, credit union, brokerage, etc.). You will need to provide all pages of up to three months of consecutive statements for proof these funds are yours.

Gift Funds are usually OK with a signed “gift letter” (a form we provide) and evidence of the donor’s ability (a statement showing sufficient funds). Later, we’ll need copies of the check, deposit slip and account statement to show the transfer into your account.

Assets Being Sold, such as a car, boat, collectible or anything of value you are selling, require proof of ownership (such as a registration or title) and evidence of value (blue book value or appraisal). After the sale, provide copies of the receipt and the check and deposit slip showing the transfer of funds to your account.

Other Examples include loans from employers or against retirement savings, grants, inheritances, proceeds of sale from other property, loan paybacks and winnings. Be prepared to show the source of funds, evidence of transfer into your account and any supporting documentation of value, terms, service provided, etc.

TIP: If you have time and want to minimize paperwork, consolidate all funds into one account at least two or three months prior to closing. Save any and all evidence of transfers and deposits and keep activity to a minimum.

Never hesitate to ask questions when you’re unsure about what will work and what will not. All contact information for my team is found here.