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

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By Kristy Snyder Updated December 3, 2022


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The average home buyer in Delaware spends between $35,745 and $107,932 when purchasing a $361,656 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 $1,808 back on an average-priced home in Delaware!

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Average cost to buy a house in Delaware

Expense Amount
Earnest money deposit (1-3%) $3,617 to $10,850
Down payment (3.5-20%) $12,658 to $72,331
Cash reserves $3,282 to $4,923
Closing costs (3.97%) $14,352
Inspection $294
Appraisal $293
Moving $1,250 to $4,890
Total $35,745 to $107,932
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Buyer closing costs in Delaware

While the other costs to buy a house in Delaware are pretty transparent, Delaware 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 Delaware closing costs you'll likely pay when buying a home.

Closing cost Amount
Closing fee $362
Recording fee $238
Title service fees $0
Origination fee $1,808
Underwriting fee $600
Discount points $2,893 per point
Lender's title insurance $25
Owner's title insurance $1,193
Prorated property tax Varies
Transfer tax 2.00%
Total $14,352
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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 Delaware

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 Delaware homeowner, this is between $157 to $533 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 Delaware

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 Delaware

Home buyers in Delaware can partake in the Delaware State Housing Authority’s (DSHA) various loan products to make owning a house more attainable. It offers favorable rates with the option for down payment and closing cost assistance if needed, as well as first-time home buyer tax rebates.

Otherwise, the non-profit organization Habitat for Humanity is a great option; it provides affordable housing in exchange for "sweat equity," which entails providing help with construction or other volunteer work. There are additional programs on the state's HUD website as well.

» 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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