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

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By Kristy Snyder Updated December 3, 2022


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The average home buyer in Louisiana spends between $19,809 and $64,781 when purchasing a $218,008 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.

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Average cost to buy a house in Louisiana

Expense Amount
Earnest money deposit (1-3%) $2,180 to $6,540
Down payment (3.5-20%) $7,630 to $43,602
Cash reserves $2,000 to $3,000
Closing costs (2.81%) $6,120
Inspection $314
Appraisal $314
Moving $1,250 to $4,890
Total $19,809 to $64,781
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Buyer closing costs in Louisiana

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

Closing cost Amount
Closing fee $218
Recording fee $235
Title service fees $880
Origination fee $1,090
Underwriting fee $600
Discount points $1,744 per point
Lender's title insurance $100
Owner's title insurance $1,253
Prorated property tax Varies
Transfer tax No transfer tax in Louisiana
Total $6,120
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Ongoing costs of homeownership in Louisiana

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 Louisiana homeowner, this is between $95 to $321 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 Louisiana

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 Louisiana

Louisiana has a few programs available to make homeownership more affordable. For instance, the Louisiana Housing Corporation offers four programs depending on your need and eligibility: the MRB Home, MRB Assisted, RSS, and MCC. The USDA Rural Housing program is also an option for those buying or renting in select rural areas in the state.

There are also several local programs dependent on the area or parish you’re buying in — HUD lists several options on its website.

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

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