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Finish strong — know the costs & close on time

Closing costs and timing shouldn’t be a surprise. We’ll discuss some of the most common costs here — but buyers should be aware that failing to close on time may come with extra expenses and added frustration.

Close On Time Guarantee

Mr. Cooper helps take the uncertainty out of closing with our Close On Time Guarantee. We’ll close your loan on time, or your first month’s mortgage payment (principal + interest) is on us*.

Escrow deposit

The money you put in escrow each month is used to pay various taxes and insurance related to your property. You typically need to get your escrow account started with a two-month deposit up front. Not all loans require escrow accounts.

Survey fee

The cost for surveying to confirm dimensions and area of the property. The survey includes the width and depth of the lot. It also determines whether any other people or companies have easements to the property.


Private Mortgage Insurance protects the lender against default. It’s generally required when the down payment is less than 20%. It's usually included as part of the monthly payment, though in some cases you pay it upfront.

Title insurance

This protects the lender's financial interest in the property. The title to your home is protected in the event that disputes or claims arise after closing.

Property taxes

As a buyer, you only pay for the portion of the tax period that you own the home. So if your new loan starts December 1st, you'll owe for that month and the previous owner will pay eleven months' worth of taxes at closing.

Inspection fees

The cost of having your new home inspected for pests, structural problems and other potential flaws that could impact the sale. Inspections can alert you to potential minor repairs as well as any major issues.

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    * Mr. Cooper® Close On Time Guarantee Terms and Conditions

    The Mr. Cooper® Close On Time Guarantee offers assurance to customers purchasing a home with a Mr. Cooper home loan that the loan will close on or before the contract closing date, or the customer will receive a check equal to their first month’s principal and interest payment (“Guarantee Payment”). The customer is still responsible for making all scheduled loan payments according to the loan documents. For NY customers, this may be subject to attorney availability and requires Mr. Cooper approval.

    Eligibility: To be eligible for the Mr. Cooper® Close On Time Guarantee,
    (1) the customer must:
    (a) submit a complete application for a purchase money home loan product directly to Mr. Cooper;
    (b) provide a fully-executed purchase contract which must include all pages, addendums, and required signatures;
    (c) provide all requested supporting documentation (including income/asset verification documents) needed to make a loan decision and signed initial loan disclosures within 24 hours of submitting the home loan application or within 24 hours of request. All required documents must be submitted electronically using Mr. Cooper’s online portal, Loan Tracker; and
    (d) remain responsive with any further requests from Mr. Cooper and third party providers (such as appraisers and inspectors) in connection with the processing and underwriting of the home loan by providing any required documentation, access to property, or other response within 24 hours of request; and
    (2) The loan application must be for a first lien, conventional, VA, or FHA mortgage loan product. This offer does not apply to non-conventional, or non-QM loan products.
    (3) All required appraisals and an acceptable home inspection must be received 10 days before the Guaranteed Closing Date. Title work must be completed 5 days before the Guaranteed Closing Date. Sufficient funds to close must be verified 5 business days before the Guaranteed Closing Date. All required approvals from third parties (e.g. HOA, Condo certifications, etc.) must be received 5 days prior to the Guaranteed Closing Date. If home purchase is dependent on sale of home, proceeds from home sale must be received same day or before the Guaranteed Closing Date. For home loans to be secured by new construction, Mr. Cooper must receive a completed Final Inspection and/or certificate of occupancy at least 72 hours prior to the Guaranteed Closing Date.

    Guaranteed Closing Date: The purchase contract closing date ("Guaranteed Closing Date") must be at least 21 days for conventional loans and 30 days for VA and FHA loans after the date that the customer submits the complete mortgage application, purchase agreement, and all requested initial supporting documentation (including income/asset verification documents) to Mr. Cooper’s Loan Tracker portal. If the loan does not close on or before the Guaranteed Closing Date (subject to these terms and conditions), the customer will receive the Guarantee Payment in the form of a check following the home loan closing. The customer is responsible for any tax liability related to participating in the program and should consult a tax advisor if there are any questions about their personal tax situation.

    Important Restrictions: The Mr. Cooper® Close On Time Guarantee will not apply if:
    (1) an existing loan application has been submitted by borrower involving same subject property address as of May 19, 2019
    (2) changes are made to the original closing date as documented in the purchase agreement;
    (3) changes are requested to the loan amount, product, or terms requested within 10 days of the Guaranteed Closing Date;
    (4) there are changes to borrower’s income, employment, or debt from time of application to closing;
    (5) closing date extensions are due to a delay in completion of new construction, improvements, or property repairs;
    (6) either borrower or seller fails to meet purchase contract terms and requirements including seller-related delays,
    (7) home loan transaction involves a Co-op, CEMAs, or requires two or more appraisals, and/or
    (8) delay in closing is due to force majeure events including weather, or natural disaster.

    Mr. Cooper reserves the right to amend, terminate, or withdraw the Mr. Cooper® Close On Time Guarantee at any time without prior notice.