Published on our November 2023 Newsletter

Question: “What are the top 5 hidden costs of home buying?”

Chris’ Answer:

  • Closing costs, prepaid fees, and other fees. Getting a loan costs money. Plan on paying for your loan to be processed along with an appraisal fee. Closing costs and prepaid fees generally range between 3% – 5% of the purchase price.
  • Inspections. We feel an inspection by a licensed home inspector is key to any home or condo purchase. The owner will disclose anything of which they are aware, but an inspector will give you a full detailed report. For a home or land, you will want a survey done. Often an appraisal is needed.
  • Association fees. Condos have HOA fees. Some homes do, too. These fees will be pro-rated for the year at closing.
  • Maintenance, repairs, and decorating. Your monthly budget responsibilities after purchase could include landscaping, pool maintenance, pest control, garbage pickup, cable TV, and internet. Also, you will want to make your new home YOURS. So, budget for decor, paint, landscaping, furniture, or anything else you may want to change.
  • Utility bills. Don’t let budgeting for utilities get lost in your excitement. Think about the energy you will be using (water, electricity, AC, pool, washer/dryer, etc.), and add that to your monthly budget.

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