When you’re ready to buy a house, it’s essential to consider the upfront costs and ongoing expenses outside of taxes, utilities, and home maintenance.
It’s critical to be prepared and save for these expenses since you will be responsible for paying them during the home-buying process. Here are some of the actual costs of buying a home:
Earnest money is paid to confirm a home purchase contract. Typically 1-3% of the purchase price secures the buyer’s right and protects them from the seller backing out of the agreement or selling it to another buyer. Earnest money is later used as part of the down payment.
A down payment is generally required but can vary depending on your credit score and the type of loan:
Source: How Much Money Do I Need to Put Down On a Mortgage? Investopedia.
Closing costs are lender and third-party fees. For example, realtor commissions, home inspections, appraisal fees, title search, and transfer fees, etc. You pay for these when you buy a home. These costs are generally 2% to 5% of the purchase price.
If you make a down payment of less than 20% on a conventional loan, you’ll have to pay PMI. Wwhich can be up to 2% annually. These premiums protect the mortgage lender if you default on the loan. Once you pay down 20% of the loan amount, you may be able to cancel your PMI, but not always depending on your loan. You must understand how PMI may impact your situation.
Your mortgage lender sets up an account to pay certain property-related expenses such as property tax. The money in the escrow account is a percentage from your monthly mortgage used to help cover high costs later versus having to pay a hefty fee at once.
If you’re buying a home in a homeowners association, you may have a monthly HOA fee on top of your mortgage payment. HOA fees pay for landscaping or painting, snow removal, lawn care, or big-ticket improvements such as roof repair or parking lot resurfacing.
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