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

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By Kristy Snyder Updated December 3, 2022


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The average home buyer in Nebraska spends between $19,793 and $70,566 when purchasing a $248,627 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 $1,243 back on an average-priced home in Nebraska!

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Average cost to buy a house in Nebraska

Expense Amount
Earnest money deposit (1-3%) $2,486 to $7,459
Down payment (3.5-20%) $8,702 to $49,725
Cash reserves $2,274 to $3,411
Closing costs (1.90%) $4,731
Inspection $175
Appraisal $175
Moving $1,250 to $4,890
Total $19,793 to $70,566
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Buyer closing costs in Nebraska

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

Closing cost Amount
Closing fee $249
Recording fee $152
Title service fees $423
Origination fee $1,243
Underwriting fee $600
Discount points $1,989 per point
Lender's title insurance $75
Owner's title insurance Typically paid by seller
Prorated property tax Varies
Transfer tax Typically paid by seller
Total $4,731
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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.

Contact us at Clever for top agent recommendations.

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Ongoing costs of homeownership in Nebraska

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 Nebraska homeowner, this is between $108 to $366 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 Nebraska

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 Nebraska

There are a few home buyer programs in Nebraska you may be eligible for. The Nebraska Investment Finance Authority offers two programs: the First Home Program and the Welcome Home Program. The former offers favorable rates with the option for down payment assistance (DPA) to first-time buyers, whereas the latter is a DPA program for first-time and repeat buyers. There is also the Habitat for Humanity’s program, which allows low-income buyers to afford a home in exchange for acts of volunteerism.

You may also find a viable program depending on your region or city — the HUD website lists a few of the most prominent ones.

» 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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Clever matches you with top local agents so you can compare options and choose the best fit. And eligible buyers can get cash back after closing.

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