If you’re thinking about buying a home, you’ve probably heard a lot about closing costs. Closing costs can come at a hefty price- up to 5% of your home’s purchase price. When that amount must be paid up front, you need to make sure you have a sizable amount of cash on hand.  

There’s many different kinds of fees included in the closing costs. Your lender will give you an estimate of what your closing costs will be, but you may not know what any of the terms that are included actually mean.  

The Loan Origination Fee

This is the fee charged by your lender that covers the administrative costs that are associated with creating and processing a mortgage. This could also be called an underwriting fee.   

Title Search Fee

This is how much the title insurance company charges to perform research on the title of the home. In some cases, the title may have some issues associated with it, so this research is to protect you. There’s also title fees known as lender’s title insurance and owner’s title insurance. You need to have lender’s title insurance, but owner’s title insurance is completely optional.

Credit Report Fee

This covers the obtaining and review of your credit report. 

Application Fee

There’s also a fee when it comes to reviewing your mortgage loan application. 

Home Appraisal

This fee covers the appraiser who is chosen by your mortgage company in order to assess an accurate value of the home.  

Tax Monitoring Fee

This fee supports tax research on the home to determine if property taxes have been paid. 

Survey

The property survey covers all aspects of the property bounds including gas lines, roads, walls, easements, property improvements, and encroachments. 

Attorney Fees

The attorney fees will cover all of the document reviews, the agreements, and the escrow fees.

Insurance Payments

When you close on a home, your entire first year of home insurance payments must be made at the time of closing. If you have bought your home with an FHA loan, you’ll need to pay mortgage insurance premiums at closing as well. You’ll also need mortgage insurance payments if you put less than a 20% down payment on the home.  

Escrow Property Taxes

The lender requires that you pay your property taxes up front. This money will be held in escrow and the taxes paid from there.  

As you can see, there’s a lot that goes on during the closing of a home. Make sure you have some water handy, it’s going to be a long process! Understanding what will happen at closing when you buy a home can help you to avoid any surprise fees or financial burdens.

Often in real estate, the saying goes that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” While pictures can help buyers to get more interested in a property, going a bit further in the listing description can help to get the property even more in-person views. If you work diligently with your real estate agent to create a great description of your home for sale. There’s a few simple tips to make sure that the listing description of your home will bring buyers knocking. 

Think Of Your Audience

Remember that one of the most important things in writing anything is to write it for the audience that you’re trying to reach. Who will actually be reading your home’s listing? Besides potential buyers, other realtors and home search engines will be glancing at your listing. This means that you have to meet a few different purposes with one description. Your description should include:

  • A clear, concise description of the home and its contents
  • Keywords
  • Important information surrounding the sale of the home including if it’s a short sale, foreclosure, etc.

The Limitations Of The MLS

The MLS is where homes are listed most often. It does not give a lot of room for creativity in listing descriptions. Keep in mind that you don’t want to repeat a lot of the same information throughout the description. For example, there’s no need to repeat that the home has 3 bedrooms and one bathroom multiple times. There is a property details section that lists all of these major factors about the property. It’s definitely to your benefit to include alluring features of the property that you think are unique and possibly hard to find. Describe something that you know other people will want to see. 

Improved Homes Are Attractive Homes

If you have made upgrades to a home such as new appliances, new kitchen countertops, or a new roof, make sure that you include that in the listing description. Buyers love homeowners who have taken good care of their homes. People are much more likely to buy a home that they believe is move-in ready. It’s much more comforting to buyers.

It’s What You Say And How You Say It

There’s a lot more clout behind certain words than others when it comes to real estate. These words make buyers more likely to act and go see a listing in person. The words you use can vary including those that describe:

  • The type of countertop
  • The landscape of the home
  • The condition of the home
  • The materials used within the home

Certain marketing buzzwords don’t work when it comes to selling a home. These include anything that sounds too good to be true like a “quiet” neighborhood, or stating that the home is ready to move into. While these things can be true, it’s often best to let the listing description lead buyers to see the home, and discover these bonus points for themselves.

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On February 28, 2017 By
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