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What are Closing Costs?

What are Closing Costs?

What are Closing Costs?

What are Closing Costs? Many new first time home buyers don’t realize what kind of costs that can be associated with a mortgage.  Whether they select a no closing cost mortgage or a more traditional mortgage option, all mortgages have the same closing costs.   What are these costs for?

  • Appraisal of the Property

    A State Licensed Appraiser is required to examine the property being used as the collateral for the loan. They evaluate market conditions based solely on other properties that have sold with similar features, in similar neighborhoods in close proximity to the subject. In a rapidly increasing market, appraised values can be on the low side because they are based on prior sales.

  • Title Insurance

    Title insurance covers that there is what is known as “clear” Title at the time of purchase. Over time properties titles can become clouded by different liens that can be placed on them for a verity of reasons.  Things like unpaid water bills, contractors or taxes can cloud a property title and without the title search and title insurance, those debts could become the responsibility of the new owner.

  • Processing & Underwriting Fees

    Processing fees can include the purchasing of all of the information for the underwriter to review. Some of the verifications include compliance review, Flood verification, and life of loan guarantee, Property verifications with the city, Tax transcripts, Submission to Fannie or Freddie. The underwriter validates all of the information associated with the loan and makes the decision on loan approval.

  • Real Estate Brokerage

    Fees paid to the real estate professionals representing the buyer and seller.

  • Origination fees

    Will vary depending on the loan program, this fee is to cover all of the other costs associated with providing the loan. Origination fees are normally expressed as a percentage of the total loan amount.

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What are Closing Costs?

What are the Closing Costs?

What are Closing Costs?