What Is a Closing Statement?

A closing statement is a document that records the details of a financial transaction. A home buyer who finances the purchase will receive a closing statement from the bank, while the home seller will receive one from the real estate agent who handled the sale. All loans are accompanied by closing statements, though they vary in complexity.

Key Takeaways

  • A mortgage closing statement lists all of the costs and fees associated with the loan as well as the total amount and payment schedule.
  • A closing statement or credit agreement is provided with any type of loan, often with the application itself.
  • A seller's closing disclosure is prepared by a settlement agent and lists all commissions and costs in addition to the net total to be paid to the seller.

Understanding the Closing Statement

When financing a home purchase, buyers can expect to see a loan estimate within three days of applying for a mortgage. Prior to closing, the buyer will receive the final closing disclosure. If you are the seller, you'll receive a similar closing disclosure that reflects your information along with your rights and obligations as the seller.

The Mortgage Closing Statement

Reading and accepting the final closing disclosure is one of the last steps a borrower must take before signing on the dotted line and accepting the money for a mortgage or refinancing.

The final closing disclosure is preceded by the loan estimate, which estimates the various fees and additional charges that the borrower will face at closing. The final closing disclosure should not vary significantly from the initial loan estimate.

The loan estimate should be received within three days of submitting the loan application.

The final closing disclosure must be given to the borrower at least three business days before closing. It contains a detailed list of every fee and charge that the borrower will be required to pay, and to whom it will be paid. The gross amount due will be adjusted to reflect any costs already paid by the borrower.

The final disclosure will even present all of those figures side by side with the initial loan estimate for easy comparison. It will also include the details of the loan, including the interest rate, the amount of the monthly payments, and the payment schedule.

Other Loan Closing Statements

Virtually any other type of loan comes with its own closing statement. This document may also be called a settlement sheet or credit agreement.

In a revolving credit loan such as a new credit card or a bank line of credit, the closing details are usually reported in the credit application, with the borrower's signature indicating agreement in advance to the lending terms.

A more complex document is commonly used for personal loans that involve a large lump sum, with or without collateral.

The Sellers' Closing Statement

The seller will receive the final closing documents, including the closing disclosure, from a settlement agent working with the title company selected to close the transaction. This will list all of the commissions and fees to be paid, and any credits that will be offset against them. The bottom line figure is how much the seller will receive once the transaction is finalized.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau requires that the seller receive this statement. The details may vary from state to state, though many real estate agents nationwide have adopted a template developed by a trade group, the American Land Title Association.