Buying a home is a financial strain if you are making a sizeable down payment. This can lead to problems if you forget the hard, cold cash you will need for closing.
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Everybody looking to purchase a home no doubt wonders what the average closing costs will be. It is only natural to wonder, especially considering how expensive the closing costs can truly be if you are not careful. In truth, the costs aren’t much given the amount of money the home typically sells for, but they can cause problems because they usually must be paid now and in cash. Essentially, they add to the down payment amount and can cause cash flow problems for buyers.
As you might imagine, closing are not easy to quote. Closings in one state involve different things and costs compared to another. Closing costs related to things such as points and property taxes are dependent on the particular deal and geographic location. Some states, for instance, do not collect property taxes, which means no deposit against them must be collected at closing. All and all, you should take the following figures with a grain of salt, but at least you will have a guideline.
To protect their investment in you, most lenders roll the majority of closing costs into the payment plan for the loan. For instance, the lender will require you to pay a deposit in to one of their accounts to cover future property taxes and such. If you are lucky, some creative lenders will actually roll these costs into the in the loan given to you.
As of 2003, meaning the numbers have risen quite a bit over the past couple years, the average total closing costs for a $180,000 mortgage amounted to between $2,000 and $10,000. This figure is an admittedly vague calculation of costs ranging from appraisals to fees and taxes. Do not go into a real estate transaction assuming these figures will apply to your specific situation. Get a very clear written statement of all costs, so you know exactly what is coming and the amount of cash you are going to need on hand to cover them.
If you are buying a home, there is one way to attack closing costs. You can aim for a no point, no fee home loan. Assuming you can find a lender, many of the expenses attributable to a buyer are going to disappear. Of course, you have to get the loan!
The fact that you are wondering about the closing costs when purchasing a home is a good sign. It means you are thinking through the process properly. That being said, don’t rely on anything you read on the web, including this page. Get the exact terms from your lender and an escrow company. If you have less than stellar credit, using a mortgage broker is an excellent option as they now how to beat down the costs in your favor and can also give you a solid estimate based on both their experience and the lender being used.