Rate changed at close
Rate changed at close - If you arrive at the closing of your mortgage and discover that your interest rate has changed from the original quoted rate there are some things that you can do as a consumer.
First of all, you should discuss the situation with your loan officer before you sign. There is probably a good reason for your interest rate to have changed, and they will be able to explain the situation. If you didn't pay to lock your interest rate, then it will move up and down with the market. It is possible that the interest rate went up because of changes in the market. This is beyond anyone's control, and the only way to avoid it is to lock your rate.
Carefully look over the HUD Settlement Statement for errors. Make sure all the factors of your loan, such as down payment, purchase price, term, etc. are correct. If any one of these is an error it could be the cause of the rate change.
If your rate has changed at the closing from what you were quoted originally and throughout the processing of your loan, you need to speak up and ask your loan officer why there is a difference in interest rate. This is one of the oldest tricks in the book that is performed by shady loan officers, especially on purchase transactions where you have to close by a certain date and most home-buyers will just accept the rate to close and get the whole mortgage process over with so they can move into their new home. Sometimes there are valid reasons as to why your rate increased but it should not come as a surprise to you at the closing table. You should be notified before you ever sit down for your loan closing. You should always ask your loan officer to provide you with a rate lock confirmation so that you have proof in writing that your rate was locked ahead of time and you will avoid this problem from ever arising.
No matter what the reason for the increase in interest rate, keep in mind that you are under no obligation to sign the closing documents. Although your loan officer may have the best intentions, ultimately the decision is yours.