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What are the upfront cost when buying a home?

Buying a home is an exciting journey, but it comes with its share of expenses. Understanding these upfront costs is crucial for a smooth transition into homeownership. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to consider:

1. Down Payment : One of the most significant upfront costs, it’s typically a percentage of the home’s purchase price. Saving for a substantial down payment can lower your monthly mortgage payments.

2. Closing Costs : These include fees for appraisal, inspection, title search, and insurance. Closing costs usually range from 2% to 5% of the home’s purchase price.

3. Earnest Money : This is a deposit made when you submit your offer, showing your serious intent to purchase. It’s held in escrow and later applied to your down payment or closing costs.

4. Home Inspection : Though not mandatory, it’s highly recommended. A home inspection ensures there are no hidden issues, potentially saving you from costly surprises later.

5. Appraisal Fee : Lenders require an appraisal to determine the home’s market value. This fee is paid upfront and typically ranges from a few hundred to a thousand dollars.

6. Prepaid Expenses : This includes homeowner’s insurance, property taxes, and mortgage interest that you need to pay upfront, ensuring these are covered for the initial months of homeownership.

7. Escrow Account Funding : Lenders may require you to set up an escrow account for property taxes and insurance. Funding this account upfront is essential.

8. Moving Costs : Don’t forget to budget for hiring movers, renting a truck, or other moving expenses.

Understanding these costs and planning ahead can make your home buying experience much smoother. For personalized guidance and to explore your financing options, contact the Garza Home Team at RE/MAX North San Antonio. We are here to make your homeownership dreams a reality!

Robert Joseph Ott

Sales Manager & Creative Director, REALTOR®

Jesse Rene Garza

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

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