Closing expenses, or closings costs, are part of the process of finalizing the sale of a house. In some cases, the closing costs might be paid by the seller, and in other cases by the buyer. It will depend on the nature of the fees, and how good a deal the parties negotiate with one another.
If you have used a realtor, one of your biggest expenses will be the commission on the final price of the property. This will usually be 5% or more of the value of the home. The other fees vary depending on where you live, but anticipate 6% to 10% of additional costs.
Other charges will be itemized on the HUD-1 Settlement Statement, for both sellers and buyers.
These fees will not have to be paid in cash, but rather, out of the price of the house. However, it is important to factor them in from the outset so you don’t end up with a much smaller profit on the sale of your house than you had hoped for.
The most common costs in addition to commission are:
Some closing costs may be related to essentials that need to be cured before sale can go through, such as certain repairs, termite issues, and so on.