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

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Alex Long

September 15th, 2022
Updated September 15th, 2022

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The cost to buy a house in Texas varies quite a bit based on location, sale price, and the terms of your financing. That said, home buyers in Texas typically spend about $24,234 to $87,536 to close on a home.

After paying all the upfront expenses of buying a home, you also need to anticipate the ongoing costs of homeownership. This includes things like your mortgage, but also routine maintenance, utilities, and property taxes.

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Average cost to buy a house in Texas

Most of the expenses to buy a house are pretty consistent across states, though Texas does have some that are specific to the area. Here's a general overview of what costs to expect when buying a house in Texas:

Expense
Description
Amount
Earnest money deposit
Good faith money that acts like a security deposit
$3,148 to $9,445
Down payment (3.5-20%)
Initial cash investment in the house that determines your equity
$11,019 to $62,967
Reserves
Lenders often require enough cash to pay your bills for 2–3 months when buying a home
$2,835 to $4,252
Closing costs
Additional expenses that must be paid to close on a house
$5,767
Inspection
A certified inspector checks the property for any issues that need to be fixed
$122
Appraisal
A qualified appraiser analyzes the property and the local market to determine its fair market value
$93
Moving
Although it usually happens after closing, you need to account for the cost to move
$1,250 to $4,890
Furnishing
Many homebuyers like to fill their new home with new furniture and appliances
Varies
Total
$24,234 to $87,536
Note: All numbers are estimates based on Texas averages and a median home value of $314,837.

Specific Texas closing costs

In addition to the standard closing costs, there are also regional differences that impact which expenses are necessary when buying a home.

For example, termite inspections are popular in Texas because these pests are common in the state. Since it's hot in Texas, pools are more common than in northern states, making pool inspections more likely as well.

Texas also has higher-than-average homeowner's insurance rates due to the increased risk of damage from weather such as hurricanes and tornadoes.

For more routine issues like appliance repairs or small prior damage, consider getting a home warranty.


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On the bright side, Texas is one of 13 states that has no state transfer tax, which ranges from .05% to 2% of the sale price in states where this applies.

» MORE: How much will you pay for closing costs in Texas?

Average cost to buy a house in major Texas cities

As you might expect, the cost to buy a house in some parts of Texas are substantially higher than others.

Below are the average home prices and cost to buy a home in several Texas cities:

City
Average home value
Average cost to buy
Austin
$566,479
$41,347 to $152,336
Dallas
$393,920
$29,612 to $107,901
El Paso
$199,921
$16,419 to $57,945
San Antonio
$339,497
$25,911 to $93,886
Waco
$259,332
$20,459 to $73,243
Note: The low end of the cost to buy estimate range assumes a down payment of 3.5% and 20% for the high end.

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How much do I need to buy a house in Texas?

The two biggest factors in how much cash you need to buy a house are your price point and down payment.

Below is a table outlining the varying amounts of cash you would need for common down payment percentages for a range of price points:

Home price
With 3.5% down payment
With 10% down payment
With 20% down payment
$100,000
$3,500
$10,000
$20,000
$250,000
$8,750
$25,000
$50,000
$500,000
$17,500
$50,000
$100,000
$750,000
$26,250
$75,000
$150,000

Cost to buy a house in Texas calculator

To get a more accurate number of how much cash you'll need for a particular house with a specific down payment, use our home buyer calculator below.

Ongoing costs of homeownership in Texas

Once you close on a house, you'll be finished with home buying expenses, and you'll transition into paying the ongoing costs of homeownership.

Experts recommend you budget for 1% of your home's value toward annual home maintenance costs, though these vary widely from one year to the next.

» MORE: The true cost of homeownership

Expense
Average monthly cost
Mortgage (principle and interest)
$1,417
Homeowners insurance
$213
Taxes
Varies by county, but averages $460 statewide
Maintenance
$261
Utilities
$415
Total
$2,767
Note: All numbers are estimates based on Texas averages and a median home value of $314,837.

Some homes in Texas belong to a homeowner's association, or HOA, which charge a monthly fee as well. The national average for HOA fees is $250 per month, but there are many homes where this doesn't apply.

If your down payment is less than 20%, your lender might also require you to pay for Private mortgage insurance (PMI). This will be added to your monthly mortgage payment and typically costs $137 to $464 per month until you've accrued enough equity.

Top ways to save money when buying a house in Texas

Buying a house is often the biggest financial transaction of a person's life, but there are steps you can take to keep the costs down during this process.

Look into better financing options

A major factor in your monthly housing budget is your mortgage payment — this is generally the largest portion of your ongoing expenses.

Getting the best possible financing will help save you money, either up front, over the long term, or both. In Texas, the average homeowner pays a 30–year fixed mortgage interest rate of 5.42%.

You can compare loans by working with a mortgage broker who will shop around for you.

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» MORE: Other considerations for saving money when buying a home

Participate in Texas home buyer programs

Texas has a number of programs (e.g., Home for Texas Heroes, Home Sweet Texas) to help with the home buying process. Most of these either come in the form of down payment assistance or more favorable lending terms.

There are also programs that focus on helping specific demographics, such as veterans, people with disabilities, low-income borrowers, and more.

» MORE: A guide to first-time home buyer programs in Texas

Partner with an expert agent offering cash back

Most Texas home buyers are eligible for Clever Cash Back. 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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Working with Clever connects you with top agents in your area, but you also may qualify for 0.5% back on your purchase. For a $350,000 home, you could get up to $1,750.

You could use this money for home repairs, new furniture, or even a vacation!

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FAQs

The average home value in Texas is $314,837. This varies considerably from one area to another, however. Austin, for example, is likely to be much more expensive than Brownsville.

For a median-priced home of $314,837, most Texas home buyers spend between $24,234–$87,536 on the down payment, closing costs, and other expenses associated with buying a home. This number can be lowered by making a smaller down payment or working with an agent who offers a buyer rebate. Use a home buying calculator to find out how much you would need to spend in your specific circumstances.

The average monthly cost to own a home in Texas is between $1,486 and $1,813, whereas the monthly cost to rent is $1,497. With homeownership, you get the benefits of appreciation (that is, your home goes up in value) and paying down equity, but you also have to deal with maintenance costs and taxes going up over time. Ultimately, you have to decide if the possibility of appreciation and the control of owning your home is more important than the convenience of renting.

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