When you make an offer on a home and it gets accepted, you have every reason to be excited. Becoming a homeowner is making an investment in your own future; likely the largest financial investment you will make.  However, it is prudent to be aware that there are other costs involved in purchasing a home other than your down payment and monthly mortgage payments.

Closing costs are an expense you may not be aware of if you are a first-time homebuyer.  These costs must be paid prior to closing on the home. They include property taxes, homeowner’s insurance, title search fees, and appraisal fees.  In addition, the closing costs provide the funds that pay the people who have performed services throughout the loan process, like the appraiser and your real estate agent.

Your closing costs will be itemized for you and provided at your closing. But it’s important that you look over them closely and take the time to ask any questions you may have before you sign any documents.  If there is something you don’t understand, your mortgage banker or Realtor can explain it to you.

The homebuyer can negotiate with the seller to determine who will cover the closing costs, but every loan has different guidelines about how much a seller can pay.  Your mortgage banker can provide you with your options. How to Negotiate Who Pays Closing Costs

Whether you end up paying for all or just some of your closing costs, it’s crucial for you to include the amount you will have to pay into your budget.  You can estimate the cost by calculating 2% to 6% of your purchase price.  For example, if your loan is $200,000, your closing costs will range anywhere from $4,000 to $12,000.  You will also receive a document from your mortgage banker after you apply for your loan that will list the anticipated closing costs.  They may change a little during the process, but it will give you a good idea of what to expect.

So, while saving for a down payment is an obvious necessity, you may want to also set aside some cash each month to go toward other expenses associated with buying a new home. What it Really Costs to Buy a Home

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs! Give her a call today at 901-729-9526!

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