Home buyers that are not aware of how much cash they will need to complete their purchase could be exposing themselves to a financial disorder (that I just totally made up) called “Empty Pocket Syndrome”, or EPS. Symptoms of EPS include the cancelling of pizza and beer nights, more frequent attendance at Costco free sample booths and increased lottery ticket purchases!
But seriously, below are the most likely expenses that buyers should include in their cost analysis BEFORE making an offer on a new home:
- Loan Down Payment – The percentage of the purchase price that you can afford to pay at closing. Knowing what your other costs are going to be (as below) will help you determine how much down payment you can truly afford. This should be discussed very carefully with your lender and realtor.
- Earnest Money – When you make an offer on a home you will also be required to deposit earnest money into escrow shortly after your offer is accepted. This money shows the seller that you are serious. The good news is that the earnest money is applied to your down payment at closing.
- Professional Home Inspection – Home Inspectors charge varying rates. Many set their rates based on the size of the home. The average sized home in Oregon will cost around $400-500.
- Radon Gas Test– Most real estate professionals now recommend a radon test for every home. The cost in our area is approximately $150 and many home inspectors are qualified to add this test to their inspection.
- Sewer Line Scope –Sewer line repairs can be very costly and since the sewer line is buried, you need to have it checked. For approximately $125 the contractor will send a camera down the line and provide you with a “Pass” or “Fail” report along with a link to a video of the line. Don’t forget the popcorn when you sit back to watch this video.
- Appraisal – Recently in Oregon the cost of a home appraisal has increased significantly. Check with your lender on this, but it could be in the range of $1000 or more.
- Lender & Escrow Closing Costs – These costs can be significant. It’s important for buyers to work with their lender to get an accurate estimate of the lender and escrow closing costs before making an offer. The amount of these closing costs vary depending on the price of the home, the amount of the property taxes, insurance, closing date, etc. Check with your realtor and lender to see if it is possible to wrap some, or all of these costs into your loan.
- Miscellaneous – This category will help you be prepared for any unforeseen or additional recommended inspection costs. I suggest buyers have a minimum of $500 factored in, just in case.
It’s still a fantastic time to buy, so GO FOR IT. But please avoid Empty Pocket Syndrome by working with your Realtor and lender to calculate how much money you will need…then go get some beer and pizza. 🙂
I’m not a doctor folks, but I can answer your real estate questions at 503-367-4869.
Happy home shopping!
Kevin Kevin GormanSells.com
Broker, Certified Residential Specialist – Summa Pacific Cascade