Steve Novak

What are closing costs in real estate?

Closing costs are the various fees, charges, and expenses that are associated with buying or selling a home. When you purchase or sell a property, there are a number of costs that are incurred along the way, and these are collectively referred to as closing costs. Understanding these costs is important because they can impact your bottom line, and they can help you make informed decisions when buying or selling real estate.

Here is a closer look at some of the most common closing costs in real estate:

1.    Title Insurance: This is insurance that protects the buyer and the lender from losses related to title issues. This can include issues such as liens, encumbrances, or disputes over ownership of the property.

2.    Escrow Fees: These are fees charged by the escrow company for managing the closing process. This can include tasks such as verifying information, collecting funds, and ensuring that all documents are signed and recorded properly.

3.    Homeowner's Insurance: This is insurance that protects the home and the contents inside it. It is often required by the lender and must be purchased before closing.

4.    Real Estate Agent Commissions: If you are buying a home, the real estate agent commission is usually included in the purchase price. If you are selling a home, you will be responsible for paying the real estate agent's commission, which is usually a percentage of the sales price.

5.    Appraisal Fees: These are fees charged by an appraiser to determine the value of the property. This information is used by the lender to ensure that the loan amount is appropriate for the value of the property.

6.    Home Inspection Fees: If you are purchasing a home, you may choose to have a home inspection to determine the condition of the property. The home inspection fee is typically paid by the buyer.

7.    Loan Origination Fees: These are fees charged by the lender for processing your loan application and closing the loan.

8.    Property Taxes: If you are purchasing a home, you may need to pay property taxes that are owed for the current year, or for the year in which you will take ownership of the property.

Closing costs can vary greatly depending on the location of the property, the price of the property, and the types of services you need. It's important to understand all of the costs involved in buying or selling real estate, so you can make informed decisions and avoid any unexpected costs. Be sure to work with a trusted real estate professional who can help you navigate the closing process and provide you with an accurate estimate of your closing costs.

For home buyers a great option is to use a buyer’s commission rebate from your buyers agent to pay some or all of your closing costs.  Using the agent’s commission will save you thousands of dollars out of pocket at closing at no cost to you.