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Understanding closing costs when you buy a home

On Behalf of | Dec 27, 2021 | Real Estate Law

Financing the purchase of a home often requires careful planning and may take a couple of tries to get right. When you understand common costs associated with purchasing real estate, you may feel more prepared to negotiate a satisfactory agreement.

Closing costs are a grouping of expenses that you must satisfy prior to assuming the responsibility of homeownership. Knowing exactly what you will pay for can help you identify your next steps.

Insurance and mortgage fees

Insurance can protect your home from calamities including fire, flooding, theft and weather-related damages. According to Zillow, it is not uncommon for your closing costs to include the first year of your homeowner’s insurance. Other types of insurance you may pay for include title insurance and private mortgage insurance or PMI.

Depending on your situation, you will need to pay an underwriting fee. These costs enable your lender to identify whether or not you qualify for a home mortgage loan. Closing costs may also cover prepaid interest and other financial obligations related to securing a loan for your home mortgage.

Property fees and miscellaneous costs

Prior to purchasing a home, you will want to verify that it meets your expectations. Processes including a home inspection and home appraisal can help you verify the condition of the home, as well as ensure that you do not overpay for the property. Your closing costs may absorb the payment for both of these services and contribute to your bottom line. Survey fees and property taxes may also reflect in your closing costs.

Miscellaneous costs can also include pest inspections, application fees, courier fees and HOA transfer fees among others. Your vigilance in negotiating your costs may help you reach a satisfactory and fair agreement.