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Aside from the down payment, closing costs are the greatest expense a buyer will need to pay during their home purchase.
Most lenders recommend that buyers prepare to pay between 2% to 6% of the purchase price in closing costs. That said, the only way to understand what will be the case for you, specifically, is to have a candid conversation with a trusted mortgage professional.
Your lender will be able to provide you with an outline of your closing costs, as well as a closing disclosure, at least three days prior to closing. When you receive this, always make sure to carefully review the information. Examine these documents line by line to make sure they match up to what was outlined in your purchase and sale agreement.
Every transaction is a little bit different, but there are a few items you can likely expect to be included among your closing costs. Loan origination fees, recording fees, attorney fees, the appraisal amount, homeowners association transfer fees, and more are all examples of what may be included.
Some buyers may attempt to ask the seller to pay for their closing costs, but the feasibility of this request will depend on factors like purchase price and overall market conditions. In certain markets, this kind of request may make your offer less appealing. It’s always a good idea to speak with your agent about whether such a move is advisable.
Buyers should be fully aware of what closing costs to expect within their price range. No one wants to encounter the unpleasant surprise of additional expenses so close to closing.
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