Closing costs are the fees for services, taxes or special interest charges that surround the purchase of a home. They include upfront loan points, title insurance, escrow or closing day charges, document fees, prepaid interest and property taxes. Unless, these charges are rolled into the loan, they must be paid when the home is closed.
There may be closing costs customary or unique to a certain locality, but closing costs are usually made up of the following: Attorney’s or escrow fees (yours and your lender’s if applicable). Property taxes (to cover tax period to date). Interest (paid from date of closing to 30 days before first monthly payment). Loan origination fee (covers lender’s administrative costs). Recording fees. Survey fee. First premium of mortgage insurance (if applicable). Title insurance (yours and your lender’s). Loan discount points. First payment to escrow account for future real estate taxes and insurance. Paid receipt for homeowner’s insurance policy (and fire and flood insurance if applicable). Any documentation preparation fees.