Demystifying Home Loan Closing Costs

As you make the decision to move forward on your homeownership journey, you may be wondering about all of the costs involved in purchasing a home. In addition to your down payment, you will also need to plan for closing costs.


What are Closing Costs?

Closing costs are the extra expenses beyond the home’s purchase price and usually include origination fees, property taxes, title insurance, escrow costs, appraisal fees, and other miscellaneous items, depending on the loan type.


How Are Closing Costs Calculated?

Closing costs are typically between 2-5% of the purchase price of your new home. For example, if your home purchase price is $300,000, then your closing costs could range from $6,000 to $15,000. They vary by state and lender and which types of fees are included. Here is a list of typical fees that may be part of your closing costs:

  • Application fee
  • Appraisal fee
  • Escrow fee
  • Credit report
  • Escrow deposit for property taxes and insurance
  • Home inspection fee
  • Homeowners’ insurance
  • Discount points
  • Title insurance
  • Prepaid interest
  • Recording fees
  • Origination/Underwriting fees

Not all of these fees may be a part of your loan and there could be additional fees not listed here that are included.

Within 3 days of submitting your loan, you will receive a Loan Estimate from your lender, which will give you a general idea of what your closing costs will be. As costs change you will receive estimate revisions to help you plan for final costs. No later than 3 days before closing you will receive a Closing Disclosure which will list out all of the exact closing costs and what funds you are expected to provide at your scheduled closing appointment so there won’t be any surprises.

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