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Closing costs highest in New York
New York, Texas, Florida. For the second straight year, those are the most expensive states in which to get a mortgage. Nationwide, the average origination and title fees on a $200,000 mortgage this year totaled $3,118, according to Bankrate's annual survey of closing costs. The fees in the survey don't include taxes, insurance or prepaid items such as prorated interest or homeowner association dues.
Fees in New York City were highest, averaging $4,016 in Bankrate's survey. Houston came in second, with fees that averaged $3,975. After that came Buffalo, N.Y., with fees averaging $3,845, and then Miami, at $3,683. North Carolina had the least expensive closing costs in the survey, at an average of $2,650. The previous year, Indiana took the last spot.
The annual survey of online lenders is conducted by obtaining fee estimates for a $200,000 mortgage in each state's most populous city.