Costs you Will Incur when Buying Real Estate

Posted by Jennifer Mackay on Monday, August 13th, 2012 at 9:59am.

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Typical costs and expenses you incur when buying real estate

When buying real estate, not only do you need to consider the cost of the property but the other expenses that you are going to incur. By working with a Panama City Beach Realtor you will have someone who can give you an idea of what the costs will be to prepare you.

One of the highest costs is the cost to close which is related to applying for a loan and the property appraisal.  Another factor that is lumped into these costs is the loan origination fee which is paid to the lender.  These fees are paid by the buyer and can be up to three percent of the money being borrowed but can be negotiated with the seller.

Another item you may run into when making a purchase is a loan discount point.  These points are used to lower the interest rate you pay.  Basically, you pay a certain amount up front which decreases the interest rate of your loan.  You likely will not encounter them but some builders or employers will assist you with your purchase by offering to pay points for you.

One more point to consider is prepaid items.  Your lender encourages you to set up an account to put funds into each month to go towards your property taxes or home insurance - this is called your esrow account.  When the bill comes due, the funds will then come out of this account.  At the time of purchase, you will have to prepay the balance remaining to the next payment.  How much you have to put in will depend on a variety of factors.

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1 Response to "Costs you Will Incur when Buying Real Estate"

Jennifer Mackay wrote: And don't forget security and comfort items - new locks, new programmable thermostat, garage door opener as needed, sprinkler system if needed oh so many.

Fortunately, many of these expenses can be accomplished over time.

Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 at 11:07am.

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