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Understanding Closing Costs: Essential Fees in a Real Estate Transaction

When it comes to buying a home, it’s crucial to have a clear understanding of closing costs. These fees are incurred by both buyers and sellers during the final stage of a real estate transaction. At the Garza Home Team, REALTORS® at RE/MAX North San Antonio, we believe in providing our clients with comprehensive information to ensure a smooth closing process. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the common closing costs you can expect and their significance.

What are Closing Costs? Closing costs encompass various fees associated with the transfer of property title from the seller to the buyer. Typically ranging from 2-5% of the purchase price, these costs play a crucial role in the overall financial considerations of a real estate transaction. Both buyers and sellers are responsible for their respective closing costs.

Common Closing Costs:

  1. Credit Report Fee: This fee covers the cost of obtaining your credit report, which lenders use to assess your creditworthiness.
  2. Loan Origination Fee: Lenders charge this fee to cover the administrative costs associated with processing your loan paperwork.
  3. Discount Points: Buyers have the option to pay discount points to lower their interest rate, with each point being equal to 1% of the loan amount.
  4. Survey Fee: This fee covers the cost of verifying property boundaries and ensuring accuracy in property lines.
  5. Title Search Fees: These fees are used to conduct a thorough background check on the property’s title, ensuring there are no outstanding mortgages or liens.
  6. Title Insurance: This insurance protects both the buyer and the lender in case any title issues arise after the transaction.
  7. Escrow Deposit: Buyers may need to deposit funds to cover property taxes, homeowner’s insurance, and private mortgage insurance (PMI) for the initial months.
  8. Prorations for HOA Fees: If applicable, prorations are made to account for the buyer’s share of homeowner’s association fees.
  9. Recording Fee: Paid to the county, this fee covers the cost of recording the new land records.

Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure: By law, lenders are required to provide a Loan Estimate, which outlines the estimated closing costs for your home. Additionally, at least three business days before closing, the lender must provide a Closing Disclosure statement, which provides the exact closing fees. It’s crucial for buyers to carefully review and sign this document promptly to avoid any delays in the closing process.

Closing costs are an essential aspect of a real estate transaction, and understanding them can help you plan your finances accordingly. As experienced REALTORS® at the Garza Home Team, we are here to guide you through every step of the home buying process. If you have any questions or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to our knowledgeable team. We look forward to working with you and your family to achieve your real estate goals.

Robert Joseph Ott

Sales Manager & Creative Director, REALTOR®

Jesse Rene Garza

REALTOR® MRP, PSA, NHC, CHMS, MSLG, HFR


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