December 18, 2018

Usually, home buyers don’t know what to expect when budgeting and planning ahead for the costs of homeownership. There are some smaller fees mixed into a home purchase that can get overlooked, but they still add up. recently featured some of the lesser-known fees to homeownership that buyers should budget for, including:

Home inspection 

  • Typical cost: $300 to $500

A home inspection can help buyers spot any structural or other conditional problems with the home before they buy.

Appraisal fee

  • Typical cost: $200 to $425

This report goes to the lender to make sure the property that they’re buying is worth the amount they’re paying.

Title services

  • Typical cost: $150 to $400

This cost covers a title search of the public records on the property, as well as notary fees, government filing fees, and some additional items.

Survey report

  • Typical cost: $150 to $400

This report will outline the property’s boundaries.

Application fees

  • Typical cost: $75 to $300

The lender will run a credit report and charge an application fee before approving anyone for a loan. Lenders can provide a breakdown of the application fees so that buyers are aware of all the costs.

Visit and share the full article with your clients about these lesser-known costs of buying a home.Source: “8 Lesser-Known Fees That Factor Into the True Cost of Home Buying,” (December 2018)