Escrow & Closing Costs
How can I save on closing costs?
costs, which can average 2 to 3 percent of a total home purchase price, are
often more costly than many buyers expect but there are some ways to save:
Who pays the closing costs?
Closing costs are
either paid by the seller or buyer. It often depends on what the two parties negotiate.
What are closing
Closing costs are the fees for services, taxes and special interest
charges that surround the purchase of a home. They include upfront loan points,
title insurance, escrow, closing day charges, document fees, prepaid interest, and property taxes. Unless these charges are rolled into the loan, they must be
paid when the home is closed upon.
Why do I need a title report?
As much as you may want to believe that the home you have found is perfect, a clear title
report ensures there are no liens placed against the property or any
documents that will restrict your use of the property. A preliminary title
report provides you with an opportunity to review any impediment that would
prevent clear title from passing to you. When reading a preliminary report, it
is important to check the extent of your ownership rights or interest. The most
common form of interest is "fee simple" or "fee," which is the highest type of
interest an owner can have. Liens, restrictions and interests of others
excluded from title coverage will be listed numerically as exceptions in the
report. You also may have to consider the interests of any third parties, such as
easements granted by prior owners that limit use of the property. Some buyers
attempt to clear these unwanted items prior to purchase. A list of standard
exceptions and exclusions not covered by the title insurance policy may be
attached. This section includes items the buyer may want to investigate further,
such as any laws governing building and