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

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By Kristy Snyder Updated December 3, 2022


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The average home buyer in Oregon spends between $40,213 and $141,560 when purchasing a $515,439 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 Oregon

Expense Amount
Earnest money deposit (1-3%) $5,154 to $15,463
Down payment (3.5-20%) $18,040 to $103,088
Cash reserves $4,703 to $7,055
Closing costs (2.07%) $10,681
Inspection $133
Appraisal $250
Moving $1,250 to $4,890
Total $40,213 to $141,560
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Buyer closing costs in Oregon

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

Closing cost Amount
Closing fee $515
Recording fee $129
Title service fees $994
Origination fee $2,577
Underwriting fee $600
Discount points $4,124 per point
Lender's title insurance $354
Owner's title insurance $1,131
Prorated property tax Varies
Transfer tax 0.05%
Total $10,681
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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 Oregon

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 Oregon homeowner, this is between $224 to $759 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 Oregon

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 Oregon

There are a few home buyer programs in Oregon that can help make owning a home more affordable. The Oregon Housing and Community Services offers the Oregon Bond Residential Loan Program, which provides two lending options with competitive rates to eligible buyers. It also offers down payment assistance, but its availability is dependent on the state’s current funding.

Besides that, there are local programs when you buy in select areas — check out the HUD’s website for more details.

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

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Having an expert agent on your side can ensure you win the negotiating battle with the seller.

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