Costs to buy a house in Idaho | Idaho closing costs | Idaho house buying calculator | Homeownership costs | How to save when buying a home in Idaho
The average home buyer in Idaho spends between $35,584 and $128,589 when purchasing a $471,341 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 $2,357 back on an average-priced home in Idaho!
Average cost to buy a house in Idaho
$4,713 to $14,140
$16,497 to $94,268
$4,334 to $6,501
$1,250 to $4,890
$35,584 to $128,589
Buyer closing costs in Idaho
While the other costs to buy a house in Idaho are pretty transparent, Idaho 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 Idaho closing costs you'll likely pay when buying a home.
Title service fees
$3,771 per point
Lender's title insurance
Owner's title insurance
Typically paid by seller
Prorated property tax
No transfer tax in Idaho
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.
Contact us at Clever for top agent recommendations.
Cost to buy a house in Idaho calculator
Ongoing costs of homeownership in Idaho
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.
Average monthly cost
Mortgage (principle and interest)
Varies but averages $259 statewide
Note: All numbers are estimates based on state averages and a median home value of $471,341 and a down payment of 20%.
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 Idaho homeowner, this is between $205 to $694 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 Idaho
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.
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2. Participate in home buyer programs Idaho
The Idaho Housing and Finance Association’s home loans can make home ownership easier for buyers. On top of offering favorable lending terms, you can also apply for down payment and closing cost assistance when buying in Idaho.
You can also visit the Idaho HUD website for a list of some of the most popular home buyer programs throughout Idaho. You'll find everything from FHA rehab and repair loans to local programs specific to major rural areas or counties throughout the state.
» 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!