How Much Does It Cost to Buy a House in Washington, DC?

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By Kristy Snyder Updated December 2, 2022


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The average home buyer in Washington D.C. spends between $50,530 and $158,480 when purchasing a $550,237 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 $2,751 back on an average-priced home in Washington D.C.!

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Average cost to buy a house in Washington D.C.

Expense Amount
Earnest money deposit (1-3%) $5,502 to $16,507
Down payment (3.5-20%) $19,258 to $110,047
Cash reserves $5,032 to $7,548
Closing costs (3.45%) $19,010
Inspection $250
Appraisal $227
Moving $1,250 to $4,890
Total $50,530 to $158,480
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Buyer closing costs in Washington D.C.

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

Closing cost Amount
Closing fee $550
Recording fee $1,520
Title service fees $948
Origination fee $2,751
Underwriting fee $600
Discount points $4,402 per point
Lender's title insurance $260
Owner's title insurance Typically paid by seller
Prorated property tax Varies
Transfer tax 1.45%
Total $19,010
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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 Washington D.C.

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 Washington D.C. homeowner, this is between $239 to $810 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 Washington D.C.

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 Washington D.C.

There are a few programs in the District of Columbia that can make homeownership more affordable.

Low-income and first-time home buyers can apply for the DC Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) Home Purchase Assistance (HPAP) program. Eligible participants can receive up to $80,000 in gap financing and an additional $4,000 in closing cost assistance. Meanwhile, the DC Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA) lists several available programs for eligible buyers in the state, ranging from low-interest loans to mortgage credit certificates.

» 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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