That 6-inch stack of documents you sign when you buy a house or refinance your mortgage? Well, here's something to keep you awake at night: It could contain fraud or errors that would expose you to hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs or even criminal charges.
Borrowers sometimes blithely sign papers at their mortgage closing without comprehending them. It's understandable. You're eager to get the business wrapped up. But even though the end is in sight, don't relax yet. The closing conference, where you sign contracts and disclosure papers, is a crucial moment, and one that could expose you to serious risks.