A Down Payment. What Else?
A down payment. That’s usually at the top of peoples mind when they’re thinking about buying a home. That’s the money you pay toward the purchase upfront. It’s your “skin in the game” for a lender because YOUR down payment helps offset THEIR risk. The more money you have invested in a house, the less they end up losing if they foreclose. But the downpayment ISN’T the only piece you need to include in your budget. Today we’re talking about the costs to get into a home.
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When it comes to the fees to buy a house, everyone talks about the down payment. But you’ll need to save for 2 other expenses to close on a home as well. What are those expenses? How do you know how much they’re going to be???? Everyone knows about the down payment . But what about the Closing Costs and Escrow Fees?
Let’s start with closing costs. Those are the fees to pay the people who work on your loan….OR, who appraise the house or survey the lot…. Closing costs pay the people who verify that the house isn’t in a flood plain, or people who do the legal work involved in making the house yours. They’re one time fees, paid at the time of closing.
Now let’s talk about the cost of the escrows. If you’re getting a loan, your lender will likely set up an account to pay your yearly taxes and homeowners insurance from. The lender gets the tax and insurance bills every year and pays them for you from a portion of the money you send them every month in your monthly payments.
Those accounts for your taxes and insurance are called escrow accounts. At closing the lender is going to collect money to act as a CUSHION for those accounts that you’re adding to each time you make your house payment. These are called escrow fees.
The Down payment, the closing costs and the escrow fees….
Lots of people lump together these 3 expense categories paid at closing and call them “closing costs” or “downpayment”. It doesn’t really matter what you call these three groups of expenses as long as it’s clear what’s being discussed.
You wouldn’t want someone to tell you your closing costs were, ..say $3000 and you thought that’s all you needed but they were talking about just 1 of the 3 expenses to close.
So how much does all of this cost? The total cost to close is going to depend on what type of loan you get. Different loan types require different down payments - anywhere from zero if you’re VA or USDA eligible - to maybe 40% if you’re an investors. That’s why you need to talk to a lender and get approved before you make an offer.
Beyond the down payment tho, the closing costs and escrows generally run between 2 and 5%. Again, it depends on the type of loan, and the area’s property taxes. Your lender will give you a Loan Estimate within three business days of receiving your completed loan application.
So What’s the Bottom Line?
If you're searching for your next DFW area home and figuring out how to get started and what to aim for, give me a call. We can talk about your situation and what you hope to buy so you can make sure your plan includes budgeting what you need to purchase your dream home – without any surprises!