A Breakdown of All Your Home Purchase Costs

This is what it actually costs to buy a home in today’s market.

When you’re getting ready to buy a home, you’re probably wondering how much it really costs. What cash do you need to have, where does your credit need to be, and when do you need it? Let’s use a purchase price of $400,000 for our example. 

After the offer is accepted, you’ll need to deposit earnest money (typically 1% to 2% of the purchase price). In this case, that would be around $5,000. This isn’t truly an expense (it’s a credit at closing), but it will be held by the title company until closing.

Over the next few weeks, it’s time to do your due diligence and get some inspections and title work done. A general inspection will run you about $500, a sewer scope costs around $250, and a radon test is around $150. If there are structural issues, we can bring in additional contractors, but those three expenses happen on every property we put under contract. 

The next thing you’ll have to pay for is the appraisal. Those usually cost around $600. Many times, you can put it on a credit card, but the lender will request it up front.

Earnest money will be credited towards your purchase at closing.

Now let’s assume a down payment of 10%, which gives us $40,000. To be fair, there are tons of programs with low or no down payments, but for the purpose of this example, we’ll use a standard 10%.

To cover both prepaids and closing costs for the transaction, loan, and everything else, we estimate about 3% of the purchase price for them, or $12,000. It won’t be exactly there, but it's a good, conservative estimate.

The grand total for this home purchase adds up to $53,500, but the earnest money drops it to $48,500. Keep in mind that this is a broad estimate and every situation is different. If you have any questions about buying a home or anything else related to real estate, don’t hesitate to reach out via phone or email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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