Helping Consumers Navigate the Homebuying Process

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) recently unveiled three how-to videos to help prospective homeowners shop for a home, shop for a loan, and know what to expect in the closing process.

Two of the videos cover the Good Faith Estimate, a form Kleimann developed, that is a required form. The form was developed in part as a consumer tool to help explain the terms of a potential home loan as well as to encourage comparison shopping for the best loan for the consumer.

From the HUD website:
“HUD’s videos are easily accessible from both HUD and NAR’s websites as well as from HUD’s YouTube channel. They include:

Shopping for your Home – The homebuying process obviously starts with finding a place you’ll want to call home. This short video will instruct viewers on assessing how much of a home you can afford, working with a real estate agent and what happens once you find the home you want to buy. Housing counselors can assist home buyers and home owners on issues such as home buying, fair housing, credit issues, and foreclosure prevention.

Shopping for your Loan – Once you’ve found the home of your dreams, the next step is to shop for a mortgage loan. This video will help consumers use the good faith estimate (GFE), which is a form that spells out the terms of a loan offer, to shop for the best loan for them. Consumers will learn how to use the GFE to determine how long an interest rate is available for a particular loan and how to identify key loan terms and costs of a particular loan offer. HUD suggests consumers shop and compare GFEs from multiple mortgage brokers and/or lenders in order to get the best loan for their situation.

Closing the Deal – Finally, this video walks consumers through the actual closing process including how to make sure the loan they were offered closely matches what they encounter at the settlement table. In particular, HUD will walk the viewer through the HUD-1 Settlement Statement and demonstrate ways consumers can compare their actual costs with those reflected on their Good Faith Estimate.

Stevens added, “These videos go a long way in identifying key aspects of the homebuying process that a consumer should be aware of. Our goal is help make the process more transparent through educating consumers who in turn can make informed choices about their home purchase. We partnered with NAR because a real estate agent is often the primary point of contact for homebuyers and we believe real estate agents are in a great position to provide these videos to their clients as they move through key areas in the homebuying process.”

To view HUD’s new homebuyer education videos, visit HUD’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/HUDchannel.”

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