Buyers Closing Costs


Buyers Closing Costs are the additional costs associated with buying a property, above the actual cost of the house. First time home buyers are often looking for advice and guidance from experienced real estate agents with regards to how to best handle these costs.  There are a variety of costs associated with the transaction and the property itself which fall on the responsibility of the buyer. It's important when buying a home to have a real estate agent who minimizes these costs for the first-time home.

First-time home buyers can often make the mistake of paying too much and it is important to have a real estate agent with experience to assist.

We've listed below for first-time home buyers examples of buyers closing costs:

Appraisal ($350 - $450)

The appraisal is required to determine the fair market value of the home. A property appraisal is generally required by a lender before loan approval to ensure that the mortgage loan amount is not more than the value of the property. Therefore, an appraiser is needed to make this determination.


Application Fee ($475)

The bank requires an application fee upon submitting your loan in order to get your loan in process. This is especially important to know as a first time home buyer.


Credit Report ($89)

When you apply for a mortgage, you have to prove that you are capable of paying it back. Lenders will obtain a copy of your credit report to review your borrowing history and ultimately determine if they should risk lending you money. This fee goes to the credit reporting agency like Experian, TransUnion or Equifax. First time home buyers should establish a strong credit score to help reduce mortgage rates.


Bank Attorney Fee ($750)

This fee is paid to the title company or attorney for conducting the closing.


Title Company Title Search or Exam Fee ($150)

This fee is paid to the title company for doing a detailed search of the property records for your home. The title company will look at prior deeds, court records, property and name indexes, and many other documents. This is to ensure that there are no liens or problems associated with your ownership of the property.


Survey Fee ($150)

A survey of the property may be required to verify boundary lines for your property and to ensure that there is no encroachment on the lot.


Flood Determination/Life of Loan Coverage ($19)

This cost goes to determining whether or not your property is located in a federally designated flood zone. If the property is found to be located within a flood zone, you will need to buy flood insurance.


Courier Fee ($30)

This covers the cost of transporting documents to complete the loan transaction as quickly as possible to avoid paying additional interest on your mortgage loan.


Title Insurance (Lender's Policy) (Varies - $2.46 per thousand)

This covers the costs of assuring the lender that you own the home and the lender's mortgage is a valid lien.


Title Insurance (Owner's Policy) (Varies $1.50 per thousand)

This is an insurance policy protecting you in the event someone challenges your ownership of the home.


Homeowners' Insurance (Varies - $300 and up)

Homeowners' Insurance is required to cover possible damages to your home. In the event of a fire or other damage, homeowners will receive this insurance to cover the costs of rebuilding. Your first year's insurance is often paid at closing.


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