Required by the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), the HUD-1 settlement statement is given to buyers and sellers prior to a home’s closing. A real estate settlement agent or closing agent prepares the HUD-1, which itemizes all charges to the seller and buyer. This form is an important part of a home’s sale, so its figures must be accurate. However, certain information for a HUD-1 may come in just before the closing, so errors can occur.
Settlement Statement Preparation
Settlement agents are responsible for preparing the HUD-1 statement that’s given to home sellers and buyers.These agents may be attorneys, real estate brokers, lender employees, mortgage brokers or title-company employees. Regardless of who the particular settlement agent is, a HUD-1 goes through several layers of review prior to a home’s closing. Settlement agents are also responsible for making necessary corrections when errors on a HUD-1 are identified.