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First time home buyers - What expenses to expect when buying a home or condo

Atlanta Real Estate - First-time home buyers in Atlanta GA

As a real estate consultant in Metro Atlanta, my job is to ensure that my clients are armed with as much information as possible in order to make an informed decision when purchasing a new home.  I want my first-time home buyers to be 100% comfortable with their decision today... and in the years to come.

The most important question for a new home buyer is usually "How much will this cost?"

 This may vary from state-to-state, but here is the breakdown for Georgia home buyers:georgia first time home buyers

1)  Earnest Money.............Typically 1% of the purchase price

     ** Due when you submit your offer on a home and returned (or credited back) to you at closing

2)  HOME INSPECTION ........$350 - $500

3)  HOME APPRAISAL..........$300 - $400

4) LOAN APPLICATION FEE / CREDIT CHECK..................... Varies by Lender

5) TERMITE INSPECTION (optional, but recommended)............ $45 - $75

6) LOW-FLOW PLUMBING CERTIFICATE (unincorporated Dekalb County).... $75


***  TOTAL (ESTIMATED) COST FOR A $200,000 HOME -->   $2,850 

***  TOTAL (ESTIMATED) COST FOR A $300,000 HOME -->  $3,800


Once the home has been inspected, appraised and approved by the lender, there are costs AT CLOSING. 

CLOSING COSTS are really in two fee categories -- Closing Costs and Prepaid Items

1) CLOSING COSTS include the loan origination fee (usually1% of the purchase price), title examination, title insurance, courier fees, transfer tax, intangibles tax and other miscellaneous fees. 

2) PREPAID FEES include costs to set up your escrow account with the lender and include homeowners insurance, property taxes, and homeowners association dues (if any).  Usually your new lender will want 2 - 6 months of reserves in the escrow account, just in case you do not pay your mortgage, they will still be able to insure the home and pay the property taxes.

Typically, the closing costs and prepaid items add up to 2 - 4% of the purchase price.  Using my $300,000 example above, the closing costs would be $6,000 to $12,000.  It just depends on how much you are financing, if you pay for discount points (to decrease your interest rate), etc.  For an accurate breakdown of your closing costs, ask your loan officer or mortgage broker for a "Good Faith Estimate."

THE GOOD NEWS -- When you negotiate your offer on the home, you can also ask that the seller pay a portion of the closing costs and pre-paid items.

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Comment balloon 4 commentsKerry Lucasse • January 21 2009 12:46AM



I had forgotten about and here you are with a headline!  Thanks.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Kerry, you've put together a great all encompassing list for the buyers of condos and homes. Then the reminder of moving in expenses like yard implements, furniture, garbage cans, etc. It is a significant step moving into a new place. Great post.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

Kerry nice work putting together the expenses a buyer can expect to pay when purchasing their 1st home.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 10 years ago

@ Mike -- LOL!  I forgot about poor ImageChef as well, I just stumbled up the headline that I saved.

@ Gary and Bill -- Thank you!

Posted by Kerry Lucasse, Your Nest Atlanta Real Estate Consultant (eXp Realty - Nest Atlanta Team) over 10 years ago