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Tuesday Tip - A Breakdown of Closing Costs

Closing costs are not always factored in to a buyers budget when they begin looking for a home, but they should be since, according to Zillow, "buyers will pay between 2 and 5 percent of the purchase price of their new home in closing fees.  So, for example, if you're purchasing a $500,000 home, you can expect to pay somewhere between $10,000-$25,000 in closing costs. A sizeable chunk of change for sure!

Lenders are required by law to provide you with a good faith estimate (GFE) of what your closing costs will be within 3 days of when you apply for a loan, but it is an estimate afterall, and the fees can change, so it's a good idea to have an understanding of all that's included so you know what to expect when you see your HUD-1 settlement statement.  Closing costs vary based on where you live and the home you buy, but here's a list of what's often included, also courtesy of Zillow:

- A fee for running your credit report

- A loan origination fee

- Attorney's fees

- Charges for any inspection required or requested by the lender or you

- Discount points, which are fees you pay in exchange for a lower interest rate

- Appraisal fee

- Survey fee, which covers the cost of verifying property lines

- Title insurance, which protects the lender in case the title isn't clean

- Title search fees, which pay for a background check on the title to make sure there aren't things such as unpaid mortgage or tax liens on the property

- Escrow deposit, which may pay for a couple of months property taxes and private mortgage insurance

- Pest inspection fee

- Recording fee, which is paid to a city or county in exchange for recording the new land records

- Underwriting fee, which covers the cost of evaluating a mortgage loan application

As a buyer, you should feel very comfortable with your level of understanding of your estimated closing costs.  Your lender should offer a thorough explanation, but your agent is also a great resource for this information.  For more information about closing costs, and for general real estate advice, feel free to reach out to our experts at 617-236-0353 or through our website at  

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