The Costs of purchasing a home...
1st Expense: Earnest Money - $1000 or 1% of Sale Price
An earnest money check is provided at the time you write the purchase agreement. It is used to show the seller you are serious about purchasing their home. The check is deposited upon acceptance of the purchase agreement and goes towards your downpayment or closing costs at closing. The earnest money check is typically $1000 or 1% of the purchase price.
2nd Expense: Inspection - Optional $295-$500
After acceptance of the purchase agreement, if you chose to have an inspection, you must hire the inspector and have the inspection done typically within 5 business days of acceptance of your purchase agreement. The inspector must be paid at the inspection and typically costs between $295-$500 depending on the inspector.
3rd Expense: Appraisal - Approximately $450
You will have to provide your lender with a check for the appraisal within the first two weeks of acceptance of your purchase agreement. The appraisal ensures that the property meets your loan guidelines.
4th Expense: Homeowners Insurance - Between $900-$2000
The final expense you will have prior to closing is purchasing homeowners insurance. Your insurance will vary depending on your insurance company, the age of the home you are purchasing, distance to a fire department/fire hydrant, etc. Typically to get the best rate contact your car insurance agent, make sure to do this at least a week before closing...
At Closing: Downpayment and Closing Costs
Unless you are a Veteran there are NO zero downpayment options. You CAN receive the downpayment as a gift from a family member... the current minimum downpayment programs are: 3.5% down FHA and 5% down Conventional.
The Joyer Home Team Buyer Commission is 3% for traditional sales and 3.5% for foreclosure sales. Keller Williams Premier Realty charges a Broker Retainer Fee of $395. Portion unpaid by the Seller's Listing Company is buyer responsibility.
Financing, title and processing expenses are typically 3% of the sale price. These buyer closing costs can be negotiated to be paid for by the seller.