How Much Does It Cost to Buy a House in North Carolina?

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By Kristy Snyder Updated April 1, 2024

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The average home buyer in North Carolina spends between $24,748 and $89,776 when purchasing a $322,527 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 $1,613 back on an average-priced home in North Carolina!

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Average cost to buy a house in North Carolina

Expense Amount
Earnest money deposit (1-3%) $3,225 to $9,676
Down payment (3.5-20%) $11,288 to $64,505
Cash reserves $3,440 to $5,160
Closing costs (1.60%) $5,160
Inspection $261
Appraisal $123
Moving $1,250 to $4,890
Total $24,748 to $89,776
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Buyer closing costs in North Carolina

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

Closing cost Amount
Closing fee $323
Recording fee $45
Title service fees $0
Origination fee $1,613
Underwriting fee $600
Discount points $2,580 per point
Lender's title insurance Typically paid by seller
Owner's title insurance Typically paid by seller
Prorated property tax Varies
Transfer tax Typically paid by seller
Total $5,160
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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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Cost to buy a house in North Carolina calculator

Ongoing costs of homeownership in North Carolina

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 North Carolina homeowner, this is between $140 to $475 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 North Carolina

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 North Carolina

There are a number of home buyer programs in North Carolina. The North Carolina Housing Finance Agency allows first-time buyers to apply for down payment assistance and a tax credit. It also has programs targeted for low-income buyers to help them afford a home. There is also the USDA’s Section 502 Direct Loan Program that provides payment assistance to low-income buyers to help them afford a decent, safe, and sanitary home in an eligible rural area.

You may also find a few local programs if you’re buying in select areas. The HUD lists a few of the most prominent local home buying programs in North Carolina.

» 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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