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13 Things You Can Expect to Pay for Before Buying a House

The mortgage payment isn't the only fee you should worry about when buying a new house.

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Appraisal fee

An appraisal fee will run around $300 to $500 and will show up on loan estimate or good faith estimate. Most of the time the appraisal fee is paid out-of-pocket but it can sometimes be rolled into closing. Check out these 8 tips to purchase a home.

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Survey fee

The survey fee takes care of verifying the property lines and making sure fences are in the right spot. A survey fee isn’t required in every state. These are 10 secrets first-time home buyers should know.

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Flood determination assessment

A flood determination assessment is something that comes up and is usually around $10 to $20 but it’s used by lenders to find out if a property is in a flood zone. Lenders have to get a flood determination assessment to determine if the home has the proper amount of insurance. Know what to keep an eye on with a first-time buyers guide to home maintenance.

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Escrow fee

The closing fee is paid to the title company, escrow company or attorney conducting the closing. Some states require a real estate attorney be present at every closing. This is a fee that is separate from the escrow deposit, which requires up to two months of property tax and mortgage insurance payments. Here are 10 important things to consider before buying a house.

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Application fee

A mortgage application is used by some lenders to try to get home buyers committed to them through a $400 to $500 fee. Investopedia calls it an excessive fee and should be avoided. Here are the 22 secrets your real estate agent isn’t telling you.

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Credit report fee

Mortgage lenders have to run a credit report on you if you’re buying a home and sometimes they’ll try to charge you between $30 to $50 per report. Find out why hiring a home inspector is worth it.

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Origination fee

An origination fee is usually collected after a loan is approved and as part of the closing costs. It is between .5 and 1 percent of the sale price. The origination fee typically covers the cost of paperwork, verifications, and calculations to figure out the mortgage. Here’s what to know about down payments.

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Attorney fee

Each attorney’s rate varies but it’s usually around $400 to have an attorney involved in the loan transaction. These are 20 reasons it might be time for you to move.

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Mortgage broker fee

If you choose to work with a mortgage broker it’s going to cost you. A mortgage broker helps you find a loan but they’ll charge you 1 to 2 percent of the home’s purchase price. Here are 10 other things to know about property taxes.

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Prepaid interest

Between the time you close and make your first mortgage payment, lenders will likely expect you to pay any interest that accrues during that time. Sometimes you’ll have to pay upfront at closing. Buying a home for the first time? Learn some handy tips for home ownership.

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State recording fee

The sale of the property needs to be recorded with your local government and you can be sure there are fees associated with that. Check with your county and city government to learn those fees. Find out the 26 real estate terms you must know before buying a home.

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Lender’s title insurance

Also known as a loan policy, lenders will require it to protect themselves if there is an error in the title search or if there’s a claim of ownership on the property after it’s sold. Here’s what every homeowner should know about a home.

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Owner’s title insurance

There is also the owner’s title insurance that a home seller can purchase to protect them in case there are title problems or if there are claims of ownership made on the property. Next, find out the 11 common mistakes you’ll want to avoid when buying your first house.

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