Q: Does a loan originator have to show an appraisal fee (or other fee) paid to a third party on the GFE and HUD-1 even if the loan originator wants to cover 100% of the fee?
A: Yes. The loan originator must list all required third party services on the GFE and HUD-1 regardless of whether the charge is paid by the borrower, seller, loan originator or any other party (except for administrative and processing services). If any party other than the borrower is paying for a service that was on the GFE, such as the appraisal fee, the charge remains in the borrower‘s column on the HUD-1. A credit from the paying party to the borrower to offset the charge should be listed on the first page of the HUD-1 in Lines 204-209 and, if the service was paid by the seller, Lines 506-509 respectively. The credit for the appraisal fee (or other fee) could also be offset by a credit disclosed as a negative number in Line A of the GFE and listed as a negative number in Line 803 of the HUD-1.
This can be found in GFE-General – FAQ #32 of HUD’s FAQs. HUD’s FAQs can be found at http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/rmra/res/respa_hm.cfm