When you get a mortgage, you will need to pay closing costs, which are fees – charged by lenders and third parties -- related to the purchase of the home. So, in addition to owing the lender the down payment on the home and the principal and interest related to the mortgage, you will also owe the lender and third parties closing costs, which you usually pay at the time that you close on your mortgage. Most of the time, it is the home buyer who pays the closing costs, rather than the seller, though on some loans such as VA loans, the seller pays a portion of these costs.

What charges go into your total closing costs?

Closing costs vary widely based on where you live and the property you buy. Closing costs often include things such as:

§  A fee for running your credit report.

§  A loan origination fee, which lenders charge for processing the loan paperwork for you.

§  Attorney or Title Company fees

§  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 mortgages or tax liens on the property.

§  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.

How much will you pay in closing costs?

Typically, home buyers will pay between 2 and 5 percent of the purchase price of their home in closing costs. So, if your home cost $150,000, you might pay between $3,000 and $7,500 in closing costs. On average, buyers would pay roughly $3,700 in closing costs, according to a recent survey.

Lenders are required by law to give you a loan estimate (LE) of what the closing costs on your home will be within three days of when you apply for a loan. But these are just an estimate, and the fees listed on the LE can change some before your closing. Within three days of your closing, your lender will provide you with a Closing Disclosure (CD), to provide you with the actual closing costs. Compare this to your LE and ask the lender to explain any significant differences between the two documents.

How can home buyers avoid closing costs?

Well, technically, you can’t. But it is possible to avoid paying closing costs upfront by getting a no-closing cost mortgage, in which you don’t pay any of the closing costs when you close on the mortgage. Typically, when a lender offers a deal like this, it does end up costing you in the long run: The lender may charge you a higher interest rate on the loan for not paying closing costs, or the lender may wrap the closing costs into the total mortgage owed, in which case you end up paying interest on the closing costs.

Finally, home buyers can negotiate with sellers and ask for them to contribute to their closing costs.  Sometimes the seller will agree to assume buyer's closing costs.


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