What Is Closing If You Are a Buyer?

What Is Closing If You Are a Buyer?


What is closing if you are a buyer? If you’re a typical buyer, you looked at houses online and in-person with your realtor. You found the house for you and your family in the perfect neighborhood and at your price. You made an offer and the seller accepted. Now it is time for the closing.

According to Money Under 30,  “A closing agent, a neutral third party, such as a title company or a real estate attorney, handles the closing. At a closing, certain things take place: Transferring the home’s title (and the keys) from the seller to the buyer, and the proceeds of the sale distributed to the seller.” If the buyers finance the home, the buyers sign the mortgage note. Finally, the buyer and/or seller pay other fees such as real estate commissions, title insurance, and pro-rated property taxes.

What Is Closing If You Are a Buyer?

If you are the buyer at closing, you need to pull out your checkbook.

  • The Downpayment – For example, if the purchase price is $200,000, and you’re required to make a 10 percent down payment, you’ll have to pay $20,000.
  • Closing Costs – With a $200,000 mortgage, you’ll need to come up with between $4,000 and $6,000 in addition to your down payment. Closing costs include origination fees, points, taxes, insurance, and homeowner’s association fees, etc. You will receive a document known as the HUD-1 Settlement Statement before closing. It summarizes the details of the financial transaction. Be sure to compare that statement with the fees at closing.
  • Prepaid Expenses – Depending on where you live, and the frequency of real estate tax collections, the lender may have you deposit between two and 12 months of real estate taxes in escrow. If the taxes on the house are $250 per month, and a six-month escrow is required, the lender will require $1,500 at closing.
  • Utility Adjustments – Utility adjustments can include a large number of charges. They represent utility costs paid by the property seller in advance, like a full tank of propane.
  • Cash Reserves – The lender may require you have sufficient liquid assets to meet at least the first two months of mortgage payments.

Breakdown of Downpayment

If you are buying a home for $200,000 and need a 10 percent down payment, the total amount of cash that you may need to provide or at least show looks something like this:

Down payment 10% of $200,000 $20,000      
Closing costs 2.5% of $180,000 $4,500      
Prepaid expenses 2% of $180,000 $3,600      
Utility adjustments Estimated $500      
Cash reserves $1,200 mortgage payment x 2 $2,400      
Total cash required $31,000      

As you can see, you could need more than 1.5 times your down payment to close on a house successfully.

Discount Points

“Many borrowers and prospective homeowners out there are looking for the lowest possible interest rate, even if it means pulling money out of their pocket at the time of financing.” They are looking at buying down the rate or buying mortgage points or paid points.

“Though most borrowers usually opt for a higher mortgage rate to avoid paying closing costs when buying a home or refinancing, some savvy homeowners will pay the one-time fees and take a lower interest rate to save money over the long term.

Of course, this strategy only really makes sense if you plan to stay with the mortgage for an extended period.”

Sellers Pay the Commission

For sellers, there are always fewer line items on an estimated closing statement. But the seller generally bears the biggest brunt of the fees: the real estate commission.

A percentage of the total sale price goes to the real estate agent as a commission, so it tends to be the biggest fee. In addition to the real estate commission, sellers may have to pay the balance of their property taxes if they haven’t done so already, as well as any prorated homeowners association dues.

Styl Properties, Inc. is here to help homeowners out of any distressed situation.  

As investors, we are in business to make a modest profit on any deal. However, we can help homeowners out of just about any situation, no matter what!  There are no fees, upfront costs, commissions, or anything else.  We offer the simple truth about your home and how we can help you sell it fast to resolve any situation.

If you’d like to give us a ring, we would be more than happy to spend some time with you to help you understand the process and to get all of your questions answered.  You can reach us at 402 999.0577

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