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Home Financing Library

Closing Costs Explained

Closing costs are the actual expenses that the lender incurs in the origination of a new home loan. Some of the costs are related to your loan application, such as the expense of a credit report. Other fees are related to the house itself, such as the property appraisal. Others are payment to the lender for processing your application, such as the loan origination fee.

Unless the seller offers to pay them for you, these expenses are charged to the buyer. Common closing costs can include an underwriting fee, mortgage insurance premium, appraisal fee, the cost of a credit report, tax service fee and wire transfer fee. Escrow accounts are often required for many loans for homeowners insurance, real estate taxes, and homeowners associations and require cash deposits at closing. After your initial meeting with a lender after you submit an application, you should receive a Loan Estimate that includes all the estimated costs to close your loan.