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Types of costs associated with buying a home (In Arizona)

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When buying or selling a property in Arizona, understanding the various closing costs involved is essential. These fees can significantly affect your budget and vary depending on whether you're the buyer or the seller. Here's an overview of the typical expenses you can expect during the real estate transaction.

Real Estate Agent Fees
Both buyers and sellers generally incur costs associated with hiring real estate agents. Sellers are responsible for the listing agent's commission while buyers might need to cover their agent's commission, although this is often paid by the seller, but this has always been negotiable - regardless of the recent NAR ruling. Additionally, there may be a transaction coordination fee and various administrative fees to keep the paperwork and details in order.

Lender Fees
If you're purchasing a home and financing it, you'll encounter several lender-related fees. These include the origination fee for processing your loan application and possibly discount points, which are upfront charges paid to reduce the interest rate on your loan. You'll also face underwriting and processing fees, the cost for the appraisal to confirm the property's value, and a charge for your credit report. Other fees could include flood certification, required if the property is in a flood zone, a tax service fee, and potentially a mortgage insurance premium if your down payment is below a certain threshold.

Title and Escrow Fees
The title and escrow charges are pivotal in ensuring the property's title is clear and the transaction closes without issues. These fees cover the cost of a title search and title insurance to protect the new owner and the lender against any title problems. You'll also pay for the settlement or closing fee, which includes managing the final paperwork and handling the exchange of funds. Additional costs include a wire transfer fee for sending funds, notary fees to authenticate the signing of documents, fees for document preparation, courier fees for transporting documents, and setting up an escrow account to hold any necessary funds until the transaction is complete.

By familiarizing yourself with these fees, you can better prepare and budget for the costs associated with buying or selling a home in Arizona. It's always a good idea to ask your real estate agent, lender, or attorney to provide a detailed list of expected costs early in the process so you can plan accordingly.

When I sell homes, regardless of who I am representing, I always provide my clients with a "Net Sheet" to provide an estimate, up front, on what they can expect costs wise. For more information, reach out. 

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Chris Dunham
The Real Estate Guy™


"Equal Housing Opportunity"

Brokers Hub Realty

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Chris. Must say many are not informed of "all" the costs involved in acquiring a home and should be. And, the same for the seller, they should know the "net" because that is all that counts for them. Buyers need to worry about the cash they need to make it happen. When the buyer knows how much cash they have and the seller knows his net, the magic of making it happen begins. Enjoy your day.

Apr 12, 2024 05:51 AM