Monday, November 14, 2011

Make Sure You Understand Closing Costs

If you are considering a move, it pays to be informed about the closing costs you may have to incur when completion date comes on the closing of your real estate purchase. Many homebuyers are startled to learn that after they arrange their mortgage they have to pay a range of additional fees to finalize the deal.

Your exact closing costs will depend on where you live, how much you are borrowing, how you finance your mortgage and your closing date. The rules and regulations surrounding the various mortgage fees can be complex, and can vary from lender to lender.

At Mortgage Intelligence, we can offer you a wealth of advice on what these closing costs are, which ones you'll have to pay, and even how to minimize them. Here are some of the most common:

  • Lawyer's fees - these vary across the country, and we can refer you to a lawyer who offers a competitive "legal package."
  •  Mortgage appraisal fees - lenders require an evaluation of the mortgage lending value of a property.  
  •  Land survey - the legal written and/or mapped description of the location and dimensions of your land, obtained from an accredited land surveyor.  
  • Title insurance - may be purchased in lieu of a land survey in some cases. Provides protection against several defects such as problems with the property that would have been revealed by an up-to-date land survey.
  • Land transfer tax - buyers must pay this tax to their provincial government when the property's title passes from the seller to new buyer.
  • High ratio mortgage insurance - needed if you are buying a home with less than 20% down payment. You have the option to add this to your mortgage amount versus paying an upfront fee.
  • Home inspection fee - an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house.
  • Homeowners Insurance - provides coverage against losses on the physical home and its contents, along with personal liability coverage. When buying a home, mortgage lenders require proof of adequate homeowners coverage prior to advancing funds
For expert advice on getting the best mortgage for your individual needs, contact us today.

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