Step 23 to Buying a Home: Down Payment

Buying

Now that we’re getting closer to your closing date, it’s time to get your down payment ready!  Remember that in addition to the down payment you need approximately 3% of the purchase price on top of the down payment available in cash for the closing costs. Your lender will assist you with this and provide estimated worksheets upon your request. If any of these funds are going to be gifted to you from a family member, you need to let your mortgage lender know right away so he or she can get approval from the underwriter for the funds. You will most likely need a letter from that family member. 

It’s best if the down payment and closing cost funds are transferred into one account.  This account must be disclosed to your mortgage lender and you must let him or her know this is the account you’re going to be using for the down payment as the funds have to be tracked. At least 3 business days before your closing date, your mortgage lender will email you a closing estimate of the amount of money needed to close.   

The title company will provide the wire transfer instructions.  Unfortunately, the total amount usually is not available farther in advance as the title company needs to receive final figures from your lender (if utilizing a mortgage). Amounts over $3,000 must be wire transferred. He or she will also ask you to bring your checkbook for extra money, just in case there are any surprises or mistakes found at closing in regards to the numbers, which happens frequently.  You’ll wire transfer these funds in one lump payment the DAY BEFORE CLOSING.  It is crucial that these funds be wire transferred the day before closing at the latest as the Title company must have then before closing. 

If the title company is unable to give you the exact amount due by the end of the day, an estimate will be provided by your lender. 

Call your bank now and find out what you need to do to make a wire transfer. Most of the time you have to go into the bank personally to initiate the wire transfer.  Also, find out what their cut off time is for wire transfers. Usually it’s around 4pm.  That means you’ll have to do the wire transfer by that time the day before closing in order for it to go into the title company’s account on time. Once you’ve done the wire transfer, email myself as well as your title company and mortgage lender so we can make sure the title company received the funds. 

At closing, any overage/extra money you paid will be refunded back to you at the very end of the closing via a check. 

PLEASE NOTE: There have been a number of hackers and scammers lately trying to divert (ie. steal) closing funds to their personal accounts and away from the title companies. Generally, the wire transfer instructions will be emailed to you from your mortgage lender, however, occasionally they will be sent to you from your attorney or from me. DO NOT FOLLOW WIRE TRANSFER INSTRUCTIONS SENT FROM ANYONE ELSE. ONLY FOLLOW WIRE TRANSFER INSTRUCTIONS SENT TO YOU BY ME, YOUR ATTORNEY OR YOUR MORTGAGE LENDER.  If you want to verify that the wire transfer instructions you received are legit, call the title company and they can verify them with you via phone. 

Please let me know at melanie.wood@cbmove.com if you have any questions.