Be AWARE of HIDDEN FEES when Buying a Home

One of the most significant financial decisions you will make in your lifetime is probably buying a property. As you begin your search, keep in mind that there will be expenses beyond the home's purchase price. Here are 5 fees to consider as you start creating a budget.


1. Home examination In the process of purchasing a home, this stage is essential. You can bargain for a price and repairs using the inspection's results. Generally, depending on the house and the area, you should budget between $300 and $500.


2. Title assistance. The transfer of the title from the seller is included in title services, as is a thorough investigation of the property's records to make sure no one else has a claim to the property. You can also be required to get title insurance to safeguard the lender or your investment in the house.


3. Fee for appraisal. You'll probably need to receive an appraisal of the house to figure out its estimated value before applying for a loan. Depending on the size of the residence, the cost might range from $300 to $1,000 and will be handled by a third-party company.


4. HOA costs. A homeowners' organization that levies monthly dues exists in several communities. This money is used to upgrade and maintain common areas including parks, swimming pools, and more. The average monthly HOA dues are about $200.


5. Taxes. Even though the taxes each buyer must pay at closing vary, it is not unusual for them to amount to up to two months' worth of county and city property taxes. Taxes for the transfer of the home's title could also apply.