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Houses For Sale – Calculating All The Costs

Todays Date: January 18, 2019

If you are on the hunt for a new home and looking at some houses for sale in your chosen vicinity, make sure that you know what you are getting into; first-time and even experienced buyers often miscalculate all the costs that are involved in the buying process and in the ownership of a house.

Buying a house in the US is quite a complex process and there are quite a bit of fees and expenses involved; you should familiarize yourself with all of them and find out which are paid by the seller and which by the buyer. Even though you might think that purchasing a house without an agent might save you some money, this isn’t necessarily true; an experienced estate agent will successfully guide you through the process and help you make the best decision.

Let’s take a brief look at all the costs involved – there are government fees, stamp duty, mortgage insurance, loan costs, legal fees, inspection fees, credit report fees and this is by far not a complete list. On average, purchasing a new house will cost you anywhere from 5% to 8% of the house price; keep that in mind before you start looking at the houses for sale and make sure that you know exactly what price range you can afford.

The first expense that you should carefully look into is the home loan costs – familiarize yourself with the home loan features, make sure that you know what redraw facilities and offset accounts stand for and decide if you really need a loan with many extra features, which loan will probably cost you more. When choosing between fix and variable interest rate, make your choice depending on the number of years you intend to live in your new house; if you think that you will occupy your new home for anywhere between seven to ten years, then you most probably would have to choose a fixed interest home loan.

Government fees and taxes are a mixed bag of flat and percentage fees that you also have to take into consideration; and just to add to the confusion you should keep in mind that the houses for sale in the different states carry different fees.

And when it comes to calculating all the costs of taking a mortgage, you will have to pay title fees, bank fees, mortgage insurance premium and pre-paid items and at the time of this writing a $150 000 FHA loan will cost you more than $7 500 in fees alone.

Even though the real estate market is still fragile and what will happen to the house prices is everybody’s guess, now is a good time to look at some of the houses for sale and purchase a new home as ever; however, this is a step that you should take only if you are absolutely ready to become a homeowner. Purchasing a home that you cannot afford or overlooking some of the costs involved will be a disastrous move that you don’t want to make.

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