Closing Costs & How Much Are They

Dated: March 21 2021

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Buying a new home is a very important step in your life. You are finally the owner of your own home and it deserves to be celebrated. For many, it’s a dream come true. However, in case you are on the market searching to buy a new home, then you need to keep in mind that the price you are paying for your home is higher than the one you offered. After all, before you actually get the keys of your own home, you still need to transfer the property to your name as well as you need to pay your real estate agent and/or attorney.

 
 

What Are Closing Costs?

Overall speaking, closing costs are all the fees that you need to pay that are directly linked to your home purchased. Closing is the time when you get the title of the property signed and transferred to your name and the closing costs are the fees associated with this process.

Notice that both the buyer and the seller have c

losing costs. So, before you make a bid on a home that you like, it is important to understand all the closing fees that you may need to pay.

 

Overall Look At Closing Fees

One of the things that you need to keep in mind about closing costs is that they vary a lot since they depend on a lot of factors. From the property you are buying to where you live, and even the type of loan that you choose play a role in the amount and closing fees that you need to pay.

Below, you can see a list of closing fees that are linked to buying a property. Nevertheless, it’s highly unlikely that you need to pay them all.

#1: Application Fee:

When you need to get a mortgage to buy a home, then you will need to pay for the application fee. Simply put, this is the fee that you pay to the lender and it may cover credit checks or appraisals. Keep in mind that not all lenders charge this application fee and in some cases, you may negotiate it.

#2: Appraisal:

This fee refers to a payment to the appraisal company. This company serves to confirm the market value of the home.

 

#3: Attorney Fee:

While an attorney isn’t required in all states, some states only allow you to close the transaction when there is a lawyer present.

 

#4: Closing Fee Or Escrow Fee:

This is the fee that is paid to the title company, escrow company or the attorney that is conducting the business.

 

#5: Courier Fee:

This refers to the fee that you need to pay for the transportation of the documents to complete the loan transaction faster.

#6: Credit Report:

When you want to buy a home, you need to have your credit score always in hand. Ultimately, it should show both your history and score and it serves to get a better interest rate on your loan.

 

#7: Property Taxes And Mortgage Insurance:

When you are closing the deal, you are usually asked to pay two months upfront of property taxes and mortgage insurance.

 

#8: FHA Up-Front Mortgage Insurance Premium (UFMIP):

In case you have an FHA loan, then you need to pay 1.75% of the base loan amount. Notice that this amount can be included in the cost of the loan.

 

#9: Flood Denominator Life of Loan Coverage:

This fee is paid to a third party that determines if the property is located in a flood zone. In case it is, you will then need to buy flood insurance but this fee isn’t covered here.

 

#10: Home Inspection:

As a buyer, you always want to ensure that the home you are buying is in good condition. So, it is normal to get a home inspection done to the property that you need to pay for.

 

#11: Home Owners Association Transfer Fees:

This is a fee paid by the seller to show what the dues are and that the dues are paid current. It should also include a copy of the homeowners association financial statements, notices, and minutes.

 

#12: Homeowners Insurance:

In most cases, the first ear of this insurance is paid at the closing and it serves to cover possible damages to your home.

#13: Lender’s Policy Title Insurance:

This insurance is a guarantee to the lender that you own the home and that the mortgage is a valid lien.

We Are Half Way There!

 

#14: Lead-Based Paint Inspection:

As you can easily tell by its name, this is the fee that you pay to get the lead-based paint inspected.

#15: Loan Discount Points:

This is a payment that you do to lower the monthly payment of your loan.

 

#16: Owner’s Policy Title Insurance:

This is usually an optional insurance. However, in case you are wondering, it serves to protect you in case someone decides to challenge your ownership of the property.

 

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Gustavo Ramos

At Desert Valley Home Group we know the local real estate market in Maricopa County better than anyone else. After all, it’s our home too! Our professional & friendly team has been matching the righ....

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