By Kenneth R. Harney | Los Angeles Times
The federal government has a real estate question for consumers who have bought or refinanced homes that’s certain to generate more than an earful: Were there any problems when you went to close the deal?
Any last-minute glitches or surprises that delayed the settlement, required unexpected negotiations or, worst of all, blew up the sale or refinancing? Did you get your settlement sheet in advance so that you could review the documents intelligently? Were there any errors or discrepancies that popped up — charges that were considerably higher than you had expected, loan-related fees or an interest rate that differed from what you thought you had signed up for? Was the whole process pleasant? Was it “empowering”?