A home costs more than just the sale price. For example, closing costs—which make up about 2% to 5% of the home’s purchase price—are a major added expense. Michael Hyman, a research data specialist at the National Association of REALTORS®, shares the charges that make up closing costs in a post at the association’s Economists’ Outlook blog so that home buyers can be prepared.
Lenders provide a Closing Disclosure at least three business days prior to closing on a mortgage. But buyers will need to budget for these added costs ahead of time to avoid sticker shock days before closing. Read more about the following fees HERE.
- Origination fees
- Service charges
- Transfer taxes and recording fees
- Escrow items