How can I save on closing costs?

Asked by Trulia Houston, Houston, TX Mon Nov 5, 2012

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Mark McNitt, Agent, Houston, TX
Mon Nov 5, 2012

Another way to save money is to get a mortgage with a slightly higher interest rate in exchange for no option fee (typically 1% of the loan) and possibly other fees waved. With rates so low today, it would likely not effect your monthly payment a great deal.

As always, shopping for the best "terms" on a mortgage is a good idea. Different mortgages allow for different fees. Different lenders change different fees as well (Credit Unions are non-profit and do not upcharge any fees). Also shopping for insurance (a higher deductable helps), inspection fees and even getting bids for the moving company all can save money.

Finally, the sellers could pay for some of your closing cost (typically upto 3% of the sales price with lender permission), but you will likely pay a higher sales price as a trade off. It might be a good trade again considering the lower interest rates today.

Mark McNitt
m 832-567-4357
Bernstein Realty, Inc.
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Jordana Ford, Agent, Houston, TX
Mon Nov 5, 2012
You can ask for the seller to contribute to the closing costs. There are limits depending on the type of loan you are getting. Otherwise you should have a good idea of your costs from the GFE you get from your lender. You should ask for the sellers contribution when you submit the offer to seller.
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