Typical Buyers Closing Costs

by Jeff Ragan

Buyers closing costs can go through the roof, read on to discover...

What are these fees that a buyer must pay in purchasing a home? Find the best list of mortgage closing costs for the buyer below. Understanding these fees takes the surprise out of buying a home.

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Every first time home buyer hears the term closing costs. But you may be wondering of those closing costs, how much is the buyer responsible to pay? In other words, what are the buyers closing costs? That is a very good question. Usually the home buyer is responsible for those costs related to the mortgage.

Basic Mortgage Closing Costs for Buyers

buyers closing costs list
  • Down payment
  • Loan origination
  • Discount points (the amount you pay to buy down your interest rate)
  • Appraisal fee
  • Credit report fee
  • Home inspection fee
  • Mortgage interest (this is any interest from the date of closing to your first mortgage payment)
  • Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) premium
  • Homeowner's Insurance

Home Loan Closing Costs the Title Company Collects

  • Title Insurance
  • Property taxes (buyer's portion that is figured from the date of closing to the next date taxes are due)
  • Recording fees
  • Document stamps
  • Title company's closing fee

Keep in mind, these are just the basic costs that usually are the buyers responsibility. Every locality have other necessary fees that could be added to this list. This just gives you a basic idea of those fees the buyer should expect to pay.

As you look at this list, it makes sense that it would be the buyers responsibility to pay these particular costs. These fees can range from 2% to 5% depending on the loan program you go with.

These are just the typical home loan closing costs that are for the buyer. When you apply for the loan the lender is required to give you a Good Faith Estimate.

This is an estimate of the buyers closing costs. Be sure you review this document closely. Then a couple of days before closing you will receive a final settlement statement usually called the Hud-1 Settlement Statement. Compare the two documents to be sure there is no surprises.

Recently I reviewed the Good Faith Estimate for one of my relatives. Everything looked good and I told her it was a great deal but to let me see the final settlement statement to see if anything had changed. Guess what? The loan origination had gone up substantially from the original estimate!

I advised her to go back and discuss why that fee had gone up so much. That is why you must pay attention to these two documents to make sure they do not quote you one price and then turn around and charge you another.

Do not let these buyers closing costs frighten you. They are necessary for you to close on your mortgage. Just watch for those unnecessary closing costs!

Buying a house, even if the economy is not great, is still one of your best investments. You just do not want to spend more on the buyers closing costs than are necessary. So take the time to review the documents given to you and soon you will be moving in.

If you feel you are ready, go ahead a see if you are eligible.

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