When I sit down with my clients to go over their Millburn-Short Hills NJ home buying budgets, I often have to remind them of New Jersey closing costs, especially if they’re from out of state. There are four major categories of closing costs: legal costs, mortgage costs, inspection costs, and miscellaneous expenses.
Under legal costs, there is the attorney fee, which runs from $1,000 to $1,500; the survey fee, which is $150 to $250 for a condo or $450 to $800 for a single family home; and the title search fee, which ranges from $250 to $500. Title insurance premiums also need to be considered. The fees are variable, so check with your attorney to get New Jersey rates. Mortgage costs include the application fee ($300 to $600) and the appraisal fee ($300 to $600). Check with your lender about other costs, including Points and PMI.
Figure Inspection Costs for Millburn-Short Hills NJ Home Buying
There are several inspection costs included in New Jersey closing costs. The home inspection costs from $400 to $750; a radon inspection costs from $120 to $300; a termite inspection costs from $75 to $150; an oil tank inspection will run from $400 to $500; and a septic tank inspection will go from $750 to $1000. Other inspections, including structural engineer, chimney, or mold, might be necessary.
Finally, remember to budget for homeowners insurance, flood insurance (if necessary), and a reserve of two months of property taxes and homeowners insurance. The realty transfer tax is also imposed on a rising scale based on the selling price of the house. For houses that sell for more than $1 million, there’s also the mansion tax to pay. However, the contract can be written to so that the buyer and the seller share the cost of the taxes.
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