A home closing typically occurs in an office setting. You and your agent will meet with the home’s seller to sign the final paperwork and transfer the title of the property to your name. In addition to these important end of the line processes, you will also have to pay a number of closing costs. After you are done looking at homes for sale and are closing on a home purchase, there are several things you should know about closing costs.
Closing costs typically average between 2 percent to 3 percent of the total home purchase price. The fees, taxes and other charges associated with the purchase of a home are included in this amount. While what will you pay at closing will vary, you might expect to pay a loan processing fee to your lender, a prepaid amount of interest and property taxes, title insurance or other miscellaneous document fees and closing charges. Closing costs are either paid by the buyer or the seller, and can be negotiated upon.
You are probably already paying a significant amount of money as a down payment. The several thousand dollar cost of closing on a home may seem too much to bear. There are, however, ways to cut your closing costs. First, before making an offer on a home, you should shop around for the best loan possible, considering everything from interest rates to closing cost fees. The amount of closing costs can often be added into your mortgage loan repayment.
You can also secure a no-point or no-fee loan. In these types of loans, the lender pays either all or part of the closing costs. You should consider this option carefully, for while these loans require less money up front, they also typically have higher interest rates. You can also try to negotiate with the seller to pay all or part of the closing costs. Do not be afraid to ask the seller if an arrangement can be made in this regard, as this is a common question of home buyers. In order to do this, however, you must also secure the approval of your lender.
Now that you have sorted through all the homes for sale, you do not want your closing to be a confusing process. Closing on your home does not have to feel too difficult for you to understand. Educate yourself on closing costs and the options available to you, and ask your agent for help with any other questions that may arise.