What is a Loan Estimate?
The new Loan Estimate (LE) was introduced in October 2015 as a federal standard form. It includes the interest rate, monthly payments, and total closing costs for a mortgage loan application. The lender is required to send you a Loan Estimate within 3 business days after applying for a mortgage. Even though this form attempts to help the consumer understand the loan payment breakdown and the costs, it can still be very confusing. The language on the form is murky and some of its terminology needs to be explained.