You know the purchase price of the property, but what other costs might be required in order to make that home your own?
If you plan to finance your purchase, you can expect the following costs during the transaction or at the closing table.
Lender Fees. You pay these fees directly to your lender to process your loan. They include origination fees and processing fees. If you are taking out an FHA loan, you also have to pay an upfront mortgage insurance premium. Though this loan is financeable, you also have the option of paying out of pocket at closing.
Third-Party Fees. These fees are paid directly to people and organizations outside of the mortgage company who perform the necessary tasks to close your loan. These include appraisers, surveyors, and title companies.
Attorney fees are another example of common third-party fees. Some states require that attorneys be present and review documents at closing. Even if this isn’t a requirement in your state, it’s a good idea to hire a real estate attorney when purchasing a home.
The same holds true for a home inspection. While you aren’t required to get one, it’s always a good idea to do so. In most real estate contracts, you will be given a window of opportunity to have an inspection completed. Take this opportunity. Paying for this, along with having an attorney on your home-buying team, could well be the smartest money you spend in the transaction.
Reserves. Your lender may require you to put money into what is called an “escrow account.” This account is funded both at closing and each month as part of your mortgage payment. Your mortgage servicer (which may also be your lender) will pay out recurring expenses such as property taxes and homeowner’s insurance from this account when they become due. This is one way that the lender protects itself from losses.
To get an idea of exact costs in your area, or for a specific price range, contact your mortgage professional.