The settlement statement is a document used in real estate transactions to outline all the fees and charges associated with the purchase of a property. It includes details such as the purchase price, loan amount, closing costs, and any other expenses related to the transaction. The statement helps both buyers and sellers understand the financial aspects of the deal and ensures transparency in the closing process.

Some items you may find on your settlement statement are -

1. Purchase price: The agreed-upon price for the property being purchased.
2. Loan amount: The amount of money borrowed from a lender to finance the purchase, if applicable.
3. Closing costs: Fees associated with the closing of the transaction, such as title insurance, appraisal fees, and attorney fees.
4. Property taxes: Any property taxes that need to be paid at the time of closing.
5. Homeowners insurance: The cost of insuring the property against damage or loss.
6. Escrow deposits: Funds held in escrow to cover future expenses, such as property taxes and insurance.
7. Prorated items: Expenses that are divided between the buyer and seller based on the closing date, such as property taxes or homeowners association fees.
8. Title charges: Fees related to the title search, title insurance, and other title-related services.
9. Recording fees: Charges for recording the deed and other legal documents with the appropriate government agencies.
10. Commission: The real estate agent's commission.

These are just a few examples of the line items you might find on an ALTA settlement statement. Each transaction is unique, so the specific line items can vary based on the terms of the deal and the parties involved!

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