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Buying Your Home - Escrow & Closing Costs

How can I save on closing costs?
Studies show that the closing costs, which can average about 2%-3% a total home purchase price, are often more costly than many buyers expect. This is in addition to the downpayment required by the lender. But there are some ways to save:
* Negotiate with the seller to pay all or part of the closing costs. The lender must agree to this as well as the seller. If the seller will not pay closing cost, you may be able to increase the loan to cover closing costs, if they home will appraise.

Who pays the closing costs?
Closing costs are either paid by the home seller or home buyer. It often depends on local custom and what the buyer or seller negotiates.

What are closing costs?
Closing costs are the fees for services required that surround the purchase of a home. They include attorney fees, title insurance, survey, document fees, prepaid interest and property taxes, etc. Unless, these charges are rolled into the loan, they must be paid when the home is closed. Your lender and Realtor will go over these expenses prior to you looking at homes.

Why do I need a title report?
A clear title report ensures there are no liens placed against the prior owners or any documents that will restrict your use of the property.  If there are liens, they will need to be cleared by the seller prior to settlement.

Theresa Garcia
Theresa Garcia
REALTOR®
140 Greentree Drive Dover DE 19904