Between all of the different fees involved in a real estate transaction—including the down payment, renovation costs and the purchase price—it’s easy to overlook the closing costs. Before the home is sold, both the buyer and seller must pay for the closing costs, and the price depends on a few factors.
Closing costs are the fees that are involved with purchasing a home, such as attorney fees, mortgage fees and appraisals. There is no set amount that everyone must pay, but generally, sellers can expect to pay about 6 to 10 percent of a home’s overall purchase price. Buyers will pay a bit less, typically 2 to 5 percent of the sale price. A seller’s closing costs are usually deducted from the proceeds of the sale, while buyers will pay out of pocket for their fees.
The issue is that you likely won’t know what the final costs are until about three days prior to closing, when you will receive a closing statement. Sellers typically receive an earlier notification via their agent, who provides a seller’s net sheet that outlines all of the costs and the final sale price.
Sellers have different closing costs than the buyer. Unless you request to pay the costs separately, the following expenses are deducted from the home’s sale price:
Buyers are typically responsible for paying the costs listed below at the time of closing. Most are related to securing a home loan and are included in your mortgage.
The Jana Caudill Team understands that buying or selling a home is a big deal, and you may feel confused about all of the costs that are involved. We can help you determine which closing costs you owe at a consultation. Contact us today.