When ever you sell or buy a house, there are closing cost involved to pay the professionals that work with you and the buyer to complete the transaction and ensure everything is done correct.
You’ve likely heard about closing costs, but did you know that you don’t have to pay all of them? In this blog we will discuss:
- What Are Closing Cost?
- Who Pays Closing Cost?
- How Much Are Closing Cost?
- What Are Seller Credits?
- Can you Avoid Closing Cost?
So, let’s jump in with the first one…
What Are Closing Costs Exactly in Houston?
Closing costs refer to all of the fees that must be paid at the closing table. Depending on where you live, the fees and costs can vary. But generally, closing costs include, but are not limited to:
- Notary fees
- Transfer Costs
- Transfer Taxes
- Appraisal Costs
- Inspection Fees
- Origination Fees
- Recordings Fees
- Title Insurance
- Underwriting Fees
- Bank Fees
- Courier Fees
- Wire Transfer Fees
- Liens against the home will need to be paid to clear the title
- Credit Report Fees
- Administrative Fees
- Attorney Fees, If Applicable
- The balance of your mortgage or loans against the home
- Possibly repairs or pest control if this has previously been agreed upon
While the buyer will usually pick up a number of theses, it is important to note, that the seller typically pays 100% of the commission. This will be about 6%+ of the final sale price. Other than your possible mortgage balance, this is by far the biggest cost when it comes to costs at the closing table. Negotiating the other costs during the sale process is becoming increasingly popular. In an effort to lure in more buyers, sellers are more frequently picking up the tab when it comes to the closing costs.
As a seller, you will also need to pay your share of the year’s property tax, up until the day of closing. Any HOA fees or other community costs should be prorated and paid at this time as well.
How Much Are Closing Cost
The amount paid in closing cost depends largely on the sales price of the home. Many of the services professional provide charged based on a percentage of the price. Typically, the seller will pay between 5% to 10% of the sales price and the buyer will pay between 3% to 4% in closing cost.
However, this can be a point of negotiation as most investors or cash transactions offer to pay a majority of the sellers closing cost.
What Are Seller Credits?
This is an amount negotiated between the buyer and seller. It is the percentage the seller agrees to pay towards the closing costs. For example, you can offer to put 3k towards closing to help relieve some of the costs for your buyer. Overall, paying these subsidies are often a small price to pay to bring buyers to the table!
Can You Avoid These Costs?
Yes! By working with a direct buyer who will pick up all costs associated with the closing! A direct buyer will not charge you a commission, as they are not an agent. Many times, direct buyers will offer to pick up all costs, which will save you money and hassle at the closing table.
Are Repairs Included?
This is another one that is negotiated between the buyer and the seller. If the home is in need of some obvious repairs, the seller will often take care of these before putting their home on the market. However, if an inspection shows additional repairs are needed, a buyer may make his offer contingent on repairs being made. A buyer and seller can work this out before going to closing.