I don’t think there’s anybody at all that thinks they can buy or sell the home and not spend any money between the contract to closing, but a lot of times people are a little confused about exactly who pays what and what are they going to have to pay. So here’s a little breakdown of that whole scenario. And whether you’re the buyer or the seller, what you’re going to have to actually outlay before you get to the closing table. So remember, on the buying side, you’re obviously the one that’s going to spend the lion’s share of the dollars even though you may be saving for those closing costs and the down payment, remember, there are a couple of things that you’re going to have to pay before you actually get to the closing table. First of all, when you write that contract, you’re going to have to put an earnest money deposit. Generally, this is going to be about 1% of the purchase price of the house. So if you’re looking at a $400,000 house, that earnest money deposit is going to need to be about $4,000. So that can generally be paid by check, cashier’s check or a money order or wire transfer, but it gets paid right then and yes, it gets deposited. We’re not putting that cheque in the desk drawer until closing. However, that money does get applied towards your final closing costs and down payment number so it doesn’t just go away, but you are going to have to pay that at contract. The next thing you’re going to have to pay is going to be your inspection. That’s going to get paid directly to the inspector, generally going to be between five and $600, depending on the size of the house, and it may end up being more if you have additional inspections like radon, electrical, roofing, etc. The third thing you’re going to have to pay out of closing, and this may well for most people be the last thing you’re going to have to pay outside of closing, is your appraisal. Keep in mind that appraiser wants to get paid whether your deal goes through or not. So they’re not going to count that as one of your closing costs. That’s generally going to be between five and $600 or so, and that is going to be required to be paid by the lender out of your pocket before closing. Once you get to the closing table, you can estimate that your closing costs are probably going to be between 2% and 3%. A lot of that depends on the type of loan, the lender, and all that good stuff, but that’s going to cover all of your insurance, your taxes, your title search, your title insurance, all sorts of little fees like wire transfer fees, and such generally between 2% and 3% of your total cost, in addition to your down payment. Now what if you are the seller in the transaction, your final closing costs number is probably going to be less than $2,000. In most cases, it’s going to be between $1,000 and $1,500. That’s going to cover the fee for the attorneys to prepare your deed and again, all the city, county, and state taxes because everybody wants a little piece of the action. The other thing that you’re going to have to pay for as a seller is the termite inspection. That’s the only inspection that the seller pays for not the buyer—generally about $100. The buyers also going to have their inspection so if they want repairs done and you negotiate repairs, you’re gonna have to pay for those too. Whether you are on the buying side or the selling side there are definitely costs but they are a whole lot easier to swallow when you know about them ahead of time. If you have any questions on either side of the transaction or if you need help buying or selling a home I’d love to help you give me a call!
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