The average home buyer in South Dakota spends between $23,671 and $85,169 when purchasing a $305,170 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 $1,526 back on an average-priced home in South Dakota!
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Average cost to buy a house in South Dakota
|Earnest money deposit (1-3%)||$3,052 to $9,155|
|Down payment (3.5-20%)||$10,681 to $61,034|
|Cash reserves||$2,803 to $4,205|
|Closing costs (1.77%)||$5,402|
|Moving||$1,250 to $4,890|
|Total||$23,671 to $85,169|
Buyer closing costs in South Dakota
While the other costs to buy a house in South Dakota are pretty transparent, South Dakota 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 South Dakota closing costs you'll likely pay when buying a home.
|Title service fees||$500|
|Discount points||$2,441 per point|
|Lender's title insurance||Typically paid by seller|
|Owner's title insurance||Typically paid by seller|
|Prorated property tax||Varies|
|Transfer fee||Typically paid by seller|
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.
Cost to buy a house in South Dakota calculator
Ongoing costs of homeownership in South Dakota
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 South Dakota homeowner, this is between $133 to $449 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 South Dakota
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 South Dakota
The South Dakota Housing Development Authority offers a number of home buyer programs:
- First-Time Homebuyer: Offers a competitive fixed interest rate with the option for payment assistance to first-time buyers
- Repeat Homebuyer: Offers a low fixed rate with the option for down payment assistance to income-eligible buyers
- Fixed Rate Plus Loan: Offers down payment assistance of up to 3% or 5% as a second loan
- Governor’s House: Provides access to a low-maintenance, highly affordable home to income-eligible buyers
There are also a few county-specific buyer programs in the state — check out HUD to find out more.
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!
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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