Be aware of closing costs when buying property in North Carolina

Closing costs are simply the fees associated with          

1) purchasing a home,

2) borrowing money, and

3) preparing paperwork to finalize the sale.

Your total closing costs will vary depending on where your new home is located, what type of property you are buying, the price of your home and the complexity of the transaction.

It is extremely important that you work closely with your buyer’s representative in the early stages of your home search to estimate what these costs could be, since closing costs can easily represent thousands of dollars.  The main categories are:

Discount points to buy down the mortgage
If you want to reduce the ongoing cost of your mortgage over the life of the loan, you’ll want to consider this optional fee. Amounts can vary significantly, from 0.5 to 3 points on the total mortgage amount. This is a one-time charge that is fully deductible as mortgage interest.

Costs for originating the mortgage
This generally includes a variety of fees such as the loan origination fee, the appraisal fee and the cost of credit reports. Other related closing fees may include hazard and mortgage insurance, and interest accrued on the mortgage between closing date and the end of the month.

Taxes and other local fees
Charges will vary according to local government requirements.  Generally, property taxes will be pro-rated according to the closing date.   Tax bills for the current year do not come out until late July or early August, are due when assessed, but not past due until January 1st of the following year.    If your closing takes place before tax bills and the tax assessment for the current year has not been determined, then the attorneys will prorate the taxes based on the previous year amount.   You may also be required to pay personal property taxes, homeowner’s association dues, and other assessments that are specific to the area where you are buying.

Documentation costs
In North Carolina, closings are handled by an attorney, not a title company.  As a buyer, you will have to pay for any research involving public records and title history for your new property.  This insures that the title is unencumbered by other ownership claims or liens and can be delivered to you at closing. It is the responsibility of the buyer to pay for the title examine, opinion of title and the title insurance plus the preparation of their own HUD Settlement Statement.   The attorney fees and other costs include recording and transfer fees, which cover legally recording the deed to your name.    The seller pays for the preparation of the deed, the revenue stamps on the deed, and their own HUD Settlement Statement. 

About the Author
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES MEADOWS MOUNTAIN REALTY has been serving the Highlands NC and Cashiers NC areas offering exclusive mountain real estate and country club properties since 2003.

We recognize that there are many important aspects to consider in making a real estate choice. With that in mind, we listen closely to the needs and desires of each individual customer and work diligently to find the ideal mountain property or to sell your property as efficiently and effectively as possible. However, our job does not stop there.

Once you have made your real estate decisions, we are here to help you in any way that we can. It will be our pleasure to familiarize you with all aspects of the Highlands and Cashiers communities, including home, professional and personal services as well as activities, restaurants, health care and shopping. We will go the extra mile to ensure that your experience in the mountains exceeds your expectations.

0 responses to “Be aware of closing costs when buying property in North Carolina”

  1. Sheryl says:

    Is it common to use the HUD Settlement form when buying land (no home) for cash in North Carolina?

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