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Is a "no-cost loan" really no cost?
There is no free lunch, even in mortgages. Every real estate financing transaction has costs for processing the application, appraising the subject property, administering the transaction escrow, securing title insurance, etc. In a typical "no-cost loan" the lender agrees to pay all of the costs of the transaction for the borrower in exchange for the borrower paying a higher price for the loan. Depending on the individual borrower's circumstance, this may or may not be a "good deal."