How Much Does It Cost to Buy a House in Colorado?

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By Kristy Snyder Updated December 3, 2022


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The average home buyer in Colorado spends between $42,703 and $155,801 when purchasing a $577,500 home — the state median value.

Keep in mind, this is just the cost of buying a home. After you close, you'll still need to budget for all the ongoing costs of homeownership.

Luckily, Clever Real Estate can help make buying a home more affordable. Working with a Clever agent means you'll not only get great service from start to finish, but you could also be eligible for up to 0.5% cash back after closing. That's about $2,888 back on an average-priced home in Colorado!

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Average cost to buy a house in Colorado

Expense Amount
Earnest money deposit (1-3%) $5,775 to $17,325
Down payment (3.5-20%) $20,213 to $115,500
Cash reserves $5,241 to $7,861
Closing costs (1.70%) $9,835
Inspection $200
Appraisal $190
Moving $1,250 to $4,890
Total $42,703 to $155,801
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Buyer closing costs in Colorado

While the other costs to buy a house in Colorado are pretty transparent, Colorado closing costs are a bit more nuanced. They're actually a series of smaller costs lumped together into one total. Here's a breakdown of all of the Colorado closing costs you'll likely pay when buying a home.

Closing cost Amount
Closing fee $578
Recording fee $96
Title service fees $578
Origination fee $2,888
Underwriting fee $600
Discount points $4,620 per point
Lender's title insurance $361
Owner's title insurance Typically paid by seller
Prorated property tax Varies
Documentary fee 0.02%
Total $9,835
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Keep in mind, closing costs are often negotiable. However, to win the negotiation battle, you'll need a great agent who can work out a deal with the seller. Clever can match you with a top agent in your area that can get the seller to shoulder more of the above costs.

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Ongoing costs of homeownership in Colorado

Unfortunately, the cost to buy a house is just the beginning. After closing, you'll officially own the home and begin paying for the ongoing costs of homeownership.

Besides the expenses outlined above, you'll also want to consider private mortgage insurance (PMI) and homeowner's association (HOA) fees.

  • If you pay less than 20% as a down payment on your house, you'll probably have to pay PMI monthly until you get to 20% equity. For the average Colorado homeowner, this is between $251 to $850 a month.
  • Some neighborhoods have HOA fees for the care and maintenance of common areas. The national average is around $250 per month.

» MORE: The true cost of homeownership

Top ways to save money when buying a house in Colorado

1. Look into better financing options

Paying off debts and getting your credit in the best shape possible before applying for a loan will help you get a better interest rate, which will lower your monthly payments for the life of the loan.

You can also shop around to compare lenders so you get the lowest fees and interest rates available. It may be a good idea to enlist the help of a mortgage broker if you're not sure how to go about vetting lenders.

2. Participate in home buyer programs Colorado

Colorado offers numerous programs to make entry to homeownership easier.

For instance, the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) provides down payment and closing cost assistance through either a grant or a second mortgage loan with favorable terms. Both require use of CHFA for the home's first mortgage. Another option is through the Colorado Housing Assistance Corporation (CHAC), which provides low-interest, flexible loans to low- and moderate-income households for down payment and closing costs.

There are also multiple county- and city-specific programs throughout the state. If you want to find out more about these, you can check out the Colorado HUD website.

» MORE: First-time home buyer programs everyone should know about

3. Partner with an expert agent

Some real estate companies, like Clever, offer home buyers a percentage of their home's price back after the sale finalizes.

That means if you work with a Clever agent, you'll not only get the expertise that helps you get the best deal possible — you could also get up to 0.5% of your home price back after closing!

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