What are Closing Costs?

Closing costs are an accumulation of charges paid to different entities associated with the buying and selling of real estate. For buyers in Massachusetts, closing costs will come to about $2600 plus lenders title insurance and any pre-paid items such as real estate taxes, insurance and interest. Empty Piggy Bank

There may be closing costs customary or unique to a certain locality, but closing costs are usually made up of the following:

Third Party Fees (The Hard Costs)

  • Attorney’s fees (yours and your lender’s if applicable)
  • Appraisal
  • Credit Report Fee
  • Loan origination fee (covers lender’s administrative costs)
  • Recording fees
  • Plot Plan or Survey fee
  • Title insurance (yours and your lender’s)
  • Loan discount points (click to the left to see if points are worth it)
  • Any documentation preparation fees

Pre-Paid Items:

  • Property taxes (to cover tax period to date)
  • Interest (paid from date of closing to the following first of the month)
  • First payment to escrow account for future real estate taxes and insurance
    • 3 to 4 months of real estate taxes to be held in escrow
    • 2 months of homeowners insurance to be held in escrow
  • Paid receipt for homeowner’s insurance policy (including fire and flood insurance if applicable)
  • First premium of mortgage insurance (if applicable)

Additional Items that No One Tells You About:

  • Purchase and Sales Review
  • Recorded Homestead Act
  • Representation from a real estate attorney other than what the bank provides
  • Home Inspection
  • One Year of Homeowners Insurance up front
  • Owners Title Insurance
  • Buying the Oil in the Oil Tank of your new home

For more details regarding these items, please see my blog post: Home Buying Closing Costs: What to Expect

Or for more clarification on closing costs and how you can save your buyers money, feel free to contact me anytime at bill@billnickerson.com 

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