13 Extra Costs to Be Aware of Before Buying A Home

Whether you are looking to buy your first home, or trading up to a larger one, there are many costs  – on top of your purchase price – that you must figure into your calculation of affordability. These extra fees, such as taxes and other additional costs, could surprise you with an unwanted financial nightmare on closing day if you are not informed and prepared.

Some of these costs are one time fixed payments, while others represent an ongoing monthly or yearly commitment. Not all of these costs will apply in every situation, however it is better to know about them ahead of time so you can budget properly.

Remember, buying a home is a major milestone. Whether it’s your first, second or tenth home, there are many important details to address. The last thing you need are unbudgeted financial obligations cropping up hours before you take possession of your new home.

Read through the following checklist to make sure you are budgeting for your next move.

  1. Appraisal Fee
    Your lending institution may request an appraisal of the property which would be your responsibility to pay for. Appraisals can vary in price from approximately $175 to $300.
  2. Property Taxes
    Depending upon your downpayment, your lending institution may decide to include your property taxes in your monthly mortgage payments. If your property taxes are not added to your monthly payments, your lending institution may require annual proof that your taxes have been paid.
  3. Survey Fee
    When the home you purchase is a resale (vs. a new home), your lending institution may ask for an updated property survey. The cost for this survey can vary between $700 and $1,000.
  4. Property Insurance
    Home insurance covers the replacement value of your home (structure and contents). Your lending institution will request proof that you are insured as it protects their investment on the loan.
  5. Service Charges
    Any new utility that services your hook up, such as telephone, natural gas, internet or cable, may require an installation fee.
  6. Legal Fees
    Even the simplest of home purchases should have a lawyer involved to review all paperwork. Shop around, as rates vary greatly depending upon the complexity of the issues and the experience of the lawyer.
  7. Mortgage Loan Insurance Fee
    Depending upon the equity in your home, some mortgages require mortgage loan insurance. This type of insurance will cost you between 0.5% – 3.5% of the total amount of the mortgage. Usually payments are made monthly in addition to your mortgage and tax payment.
  8. Mortgage Brokers Fee
    A mortgage broker is entitled to charge you a fee in order to source a lender and organize the financing. However, it does pay to shop around as many mortgage brokers will provide their services free to you by having the lending institution absorb the cost.
  9. Moving Costs
    The cost for a professional mover can cost you in the range of · $50 – $100 an hour for a van and 3 movers and are · 10 – 20% higher during peak demand seasons.
  10. Maintenance Fees
    Condominiums change monthly fees for common area maintenance such as grounds keeping and carpet cleaning in hallways. Costs will vary depending on the building.
  11. Water Quality and Quantity Certification
    If the home you purchased is serviced by a well, you should consider having your water checked by your local experts. Depending upon where you live determines whether or not a fee is charged, to certify the quantity and quality of the water.
  12. Local Improvements
    If the town you live in has made local improvements (such as the addition of sewers or sidewalks), this could impact a property’s taxes by thousands of dollars.
  13. Land Transfer Tax
    This tax is applied whenever property changes hands and the amount that is applied can vary.

How I Can Help

Relax. You CAN win at the home buying game. Your best first move is to call Glenn Good at Re/Max Realty Professionals (877)-259-4141. I am here to make sure you succeed and avoid the deadly sins when buying a home. After all, my business depends on referrals from happy homeowners who received service beyond their expectations.

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About Glenn Good

It has always been my philosophy that I am here for the long term and hope to continue working in the Calgary Real Estate market well into the future. My goal is to have satisfied clients, as they will continue with our relationship and recommend me to their family and friends.

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