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Simplifying Mortgage Closing Costs

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When it comes to the mortgage process, one of the areas that many first-timers worry most about is closing costs. These are costs outside your down payment amount, and due to a general lack of knowledge about them, many buyers aren’t sure what to expect.

At Primary Residential Mortgage in Fort Myers, we’re here to help. Here are all the basics you need to know about home loan closing costs.

What Are They?

Closing costs include all additional expenses beyond the purchase price of the home. These may include origination fees, property taxes, escrow costs, appraisal fees, title insurance, and several other possible areas depending on the type of loan you receive.

How Are They Calculated?

In most cases, closing costs will make up about two to five percent of the total purchase price of the home. So if your home costs $200,000, the closing costs will range from $4,000 to $10,000. However, these will vary between states and even between lenders, and can also change based on the types of fees. Here are some of the fee types that may be included, in alphabetical order:

  • Application fee
  • Appraisal fee
  • Credit report
  • Discount points
  • Escrow fee
  • Escrow deposit for taxes and insurance
  • Home inspection fee
  • Homeowner’s insurance
  • Origination or underwriting fees
  • Prepaid interest
  • Recording fees
  • Title insurance

Now, you won’t necessarily be faced with all these fees. Within three days of submitting your loan, you’ll receive an estimate of your final closing costs from your lender. No later than three days before closing, you’ll receive a closing disclosure, which will list the exact closing costs and when you’re expected to provide them.

Online Calculators

There are several online calculators available to calculate your APR (annual percentage rate) based on various interest rates or closing costs. There are also payment calculators that can help you make your monthly payments simpler.

For more on closing costs, or to learn about any of our mortgages mortgage rate, speak to the pros at Primary Residential Mortgage Contact Us in Fort Myers today.

PRMI NMLS 3094. PRMI is an Equal Housing Lender. Some products and services may not be available in all states. Credit and collateral are subject to approval. Terms and conditions apply. Programs, rates, terms, and conditions are subject to change and are subject to borrower(s) qualification. This is not a commitment to lend. Florida Office of Financial Regulation MLD646. Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views of my employer.

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