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When people decide to buy a house, they typically focus on saving for a down payment. However, there's something else would-be buyers should think about — the closing costs. Unlike the down payment, closing costs are difficult to negotiate and can be somewhat unpredictable.
Closing costs are costs incurred by the buyer to formalize the transfer of ownership of a property. Closing costs include such things as loan origination fees, underwriting fees, title search fees, and title insurance. They are paid directly to the lender and add thousands to the cost of a home.
Paying closing costs is often the last hurdle to be overcome when buying a house. Unfortunately, the closing costs need to be accounted for very quickly. If you cannot pay them within a short time, you will have to wrangle with changes in your mortgage loan APR and other issues.
Plus, a seller has the option of walking on the deal if closing costs are not settled promptly. With that in mind, it's important to start planning for closing costs early in the process.
Closing costs are a hassle because it is often difficult to get a straight answer about how much they will cost or even what services they'll cover. In fact, some lenders may pump up closing costs with lots of unnecessary fees.
To make sure you save enough for closing costs:
Remember, closing costs are the last step — if you're thinking about them, you're almost in your new home. That's something to be proud of, and it's worth one more push to get you there.