Breaking Down Closing Costs

General Advice

APR 18, 2024

Closing on a new home is an exciting milestone, but it's important to be prepared for the associated costs. Understanding the breakdown of closing costs can help you navigate this final stage of the homebuying process with confidence. In this blog post, we'll explore the various expenses you can expect in a residential real estate transaction.

Down Payment

The down payment is a substantial upfront payment made by the buyer. It's typically a percentage of the property's purchase price, and the exact amount depends on your mortgage agreement.

Loan Origination Fees

These fees cover the administrative costs associated with processing the mortgage loan. They may include application fees, underwriting fees, and points.

Appraisal and Inspection Fees

An appraisal is conducted to determine the fair market value of the property. Additionally, a home inspection is recommended to identify any potential issues with the property's condition.

Title Search and Title Insurance

The title search confirms that the seller has legal ownership of the property and can legally sell it. Title insurance provides protection against any unforeseen title issues.

Escrow Fees

Escrow fees cover the cost of the escrow service, which acts as a neutral third party that holds funds and documents until the transaction is complete.

Property Taxes

Depending on when you close, you may be responsible for a portion of the annual property taxes. This can vary based on local tax schedules.

Homeowners Insurance

Lenders typically require homeowners insurance to protect against damage to the property. You'll need to pay the first year's premium at closing.

Prepaid Interest

This covers the interest on your mortgage loan that accrues between the closing date and the end of the month.

Recording Fees

These fees are paid to the local government to officially record the transfer of property ownership.

Real Estate Agent Commissions

In some cases, the seller may be responsible for paying the real estate agent's commission, which is typically a percentage of the sale price.

Miscellaneous Costs

Depending on the specifics of the transaction, there may be additional costs such as homeowner association (HOA) fees, transfer taxes, or additional inspections.

Contingency Funds

It's wise to set aside a contingency fund for unexpected costs or repairs that may arise during the closing process.

By understanding the breakdown of closing costs, you'll be better prepared for the financial aspects of your residential real estate transaction. It's important to work closely with your real estate agent and mortgage lender to get a clear picture of the costs associated with your specific purchase.

Disclaimer: This content is meant for informational purposes only and is not intended to be construed as financial, tax, legal, or insurance advice.


Book an appointment

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.