If you are moving to Alaska, you know the importance of being prepared. You know that you need to have extra food on hand in case you find yourself snowed in during the winter months. You also understand the importance of carrying bear spray with you as you roam across the Alaskan tundra. You also know that knowing first aid may be essential if you find yourself a long way from a hospital during an emergency.
If you are purchasing your first piece of Alaskan real estate, you also need to be prepared with enough cash to pay for closing costs. Since homes in Alaska can be rather pricey, your closing costs may be more than you would expect.
What closing costs can you expect when you buy a home in Alaska?
Below is a list of some of the possible closing costs. To find out the specific amount of your financial responsibility, talk with your lender and reach out to an experienced, local real estate agent.
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Closing Costs for Alaska Homes: What to Expect
According to this recent study by Bankrate, Alaskans pay on average $2,138 for origination fees and third-party fees during the closing process. If only we could end this article here. Two grand and some change doesn’t sound too bad, does it?
Unfortunately, the closing costs for Alaskan buyers are more expensive than that.
This amount does not consider the costs for the title search, taxes, other government fees, home inspections, and escrow fees for property tax and insurance. You may also choose to pay for discount points to get a lower interest rate. This payment is due at the time of closing.
Most real estate experts say that buyers should expect to pay between 2% and 5% of the home’s price in closing costs.
Let’s say you are planning to buy an average home in Kodiak for $270,000. This means your closing cost could span between $5,400 and $13,500. How can you prepare for closing if the difference in the amounts is so significant?
Do you see how important it is to talk with an expert before you make an offer on a house?
You don’t want to have any surprises when you arrive at your mortgage company to close on your loan. You want to be prepared.
Common Closing Costs for Alaska Home Buyers
What do home buyers in Alaska have to pay for at closing?
Mortgage (Lender) Origination Fees
These fees can vary depending on your credit score and the collateral you offer to back your mortgage. Although this fee is usually around 1% of the amount of the loan, good borrowers with decent credit scores may be able to negotiate the amount.
Most home buyers have an appraiser assess the value of the home. This is required if you take out a mortgage. The cost of an appraiser ranges from $300 to $500.
You may choose to pay a flat fee to get a lower interest rate on your loan. This flat fee is usually due at the time of closing.
Lender Document Prep Fee and Processing Fee
The buyer is usually in charge of paying half of this fee in an Alaskan real estate transaction.
Title Insurance is typically required when purchasing a property. It protects you from losses that may be caused by issues with the title, such as a lien or outstanding taxes or mortgages on the home.
Buyers typically pay half of the recording fee during closing.
Real Estate Commission
The listing agent and your buyer’s agent get paid during the closing process. The good news is that you, as a buyer, are usually off the hook from paying the real estate agents. Home sellers typically pay a total of 6% to agents, but this percentage can be less if the seller works with a Clever Partner Agent.
Private Mortgage Insurance
If you were not able to scrape up enough cash for a 20% down payment, you might need to purchase Private Mortgage Insurance. PMI fees vary around 0.3% to 1.5% of the amount of the loan per year. This amount can vary depending on your credit score. And yep, you guessed it. You may have to make a PMI payment at closing.
Surveys and Inspections
The surveyor charge is usually $350 to $500. You may also need to pay your home inspector during the closing process as well.
You also may need to pay into your escrow account that the mortgage company will use for homeowner’s insurance premiums and property tax.
One would think that the bank could eat the fees for running your credit report, but the lending company usually tries to slip in a few of those charges. Notary fees may also show up on the statement.
It’s easy to see how the closing costs add up so quickly!
Other Costs to Consider
There are additional costs you need to consider as well. You might need to purchase a refrigerator and washer/dryer set if they did not stay with the house.
You also may need to purchase a lawn mower or snow blower.
You may have to put down deposits to your utility companies. Plus, your average cost of utilities may increase if you are now heating a larger space. (Cooling costs shouldn’t be a problem in Alaska.)
You will be more likely to enjoy your new home if you are in a financially stable situation before you purchase a piece of property.
How to Save on Closing Costs in Alaska When Buying a Home
If you are worried about having enough cash at closing, talk with your buyer’s agent. Your Clever Partner Agent can ask the seller to pay more of the closing costs during the negotiation process.
For example, your agent may say that you will overlook the stained carpet throughout the house if the seller pays for all of the processing fees. Although you may need to live with stained carpeting until you raise enough funds to replace it, you will need less cash at closing.
If you work with a Partner Agent in your area, you could also receive assistance to the tune of $1,000 that will be applied to your closing costs.
Fill out the online form and one of our representatives will connect with you to answer any questions you may have regarding closing costs. We will also connect you with an agent in your area that will negotiate for lower closing costs on your behalf.