6)Before Buying a Home Be Aware of These 13 Extra Expenses

Before Buying a Home Be Aware of These 13 Extra Expenses

Whether you're looking to buy your first home or trade up to a larger one, there are many costs - on top of the purchase price - that you must figure into your affordability calculation. These extra fees, such as taxes and other additional costs, could surprise you with an unwanted financial nightmare on closing day if you're not informed and prepared. Some of these costs are one-time fixed payments, while others represent an ongoing monthly or yearly commitment. Not all of these costs will apply in every situation; however, it's better to know about them beforehand to properly budget. Remember, buying a home is a significant milestone. Whether it's your first, second, or tenth home, there are many important details to address during the process. The last thing you need is unbudgeted financial obligations cropping up hours before you take possession of your new home. Read the following checklist to ensure you're budgeting properly for your next move.

1. Appraisal Fee

Your lending institution may request an appraisal of the property, which would be your responsibility to pay for. Appraisals can vary in price from approximately $500 -$ 700.

2. Property Taxes

Depending on your down payment, your lending institution may include property taxes in your monthly mortgage payments. If your property taxes are not added to your monthly payments, your lending institution may require annual proof that your taxes have been paid.

3. Survey Fee

When the home you purchase is a resale (vs. a new home), your lending institution may ask for an updated property survey. The cost for this survey can vary between $700- $1,000.

4. Property Insurance

Home insurance covers the replacement value of your home (structure and contents). Your lending institution will request proof that you are insured as it protects their investment on the loan.

5. Service Charges

Any new utility that services your hook-up, such as telephone or cable, may require an installation fee.

6. Legal Fees

Even the simplest of home purchases should have a lawyer involved to review all paperwork. Shop around, as rates vary considerably depending on the issues' complexity and the lawyer's experience.

7. Mortgage Loan Insurance Fee

Depending upon the equity in your home, some mortgages require mortgage loan insurance. This type of insurance will cost you between 0.5% -3.5% of the total mortgage amount. Usually, payments are made monthly in addition to your mortgage and tax payments.

8. Mortgage Brokers Fee

A mortgage broker is entitled to charge you a fee to source a lender and organize the financing. However, it pays to shop around because many mortgage brokers will provide their services free to you by having the lending institution absorb the cost.

9. Moving Costs

The cost for a professional mover can cost you in the range of:

  • $50-$100/hour for a van and three movers, and
  • 10-20% higher during peak demand seasons.

10. Maintenance Fees

Condos charge monthly fees for standard area maintenance, such as groundskeeping and carpet cleaning in hallways. Costs will vary depending on the building.

11. Water Quality and Quality Certification

If a healthy service is the home you purchased, you should consider having your water checked by your local experts. Where you live determines whether or not a fee is charged to certify the quantity and quality of the water.

12. Local Improvements

If your town has made local improvements (such as adding sewers or sidewalks), it could impact a property's taxes by thousands of dollars.

13. Land Transfer Tax

This tax is applied whenever property changes hands, and the amount applied can vary. When you start looking for a new house, you don't want any surprises with unplanned costs. By understanding these costs, you will be well on your way to buying a home that meets your needs and provides enjoyment for years to come.

I hope you found this post helpful, but please realize that this is just a tiny part of the overall process. Please call us at 858-281-4659 to build a plan together to realize your goals.

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