Based on tons of scientific research (my opinion and experience with buyer clients) the most frequently overlooked closing cost for home buyers in Charlotte NC has nothing to do with lender fees, attorney charges or even real estate taxes (although those can be overlooked and are time of year dependent).
The MOST overlooked home buyer closing cost is actually – the charge from the neighborhood homeowners association or management company.
It’s actually become very common with homes that are in a homeowners association neighborhood for there to be a charge to update the documents and records with the new homeowner (the Buyer’s) information.
This charge is separate from the pro-ration of the homeowners association dues. Though that’s also a common fee overlooked as part of closing costs.
You won’t find any mention of this homeowners association document charge on your Good Faith Estimate from your lender because they have absolutely nothing to do with it. It’s house and neighborhood specific.
SELLERS, you may say you aren’t aware if there’s a transfer document charge in your neighborhood but when selling your home check with the neighborhood management! Agents, if your sellers refuse, might be a good idea for you to check on it!
BUYERS, it’s nice to have this info before you even make an offer on a Charlotte NC home for sale but you’ll still have your Due Diligence period to check into it and if the sellers have disclosed a charge to confirm with the neighborhood management.
These charges “may” be under $100, they “may” be more than $100. Depends on the association or management company and it’s neighborhood specific.
Chances are pretty good if it’s a home in a neighborhood with a homeowners association there might very well be a charge at closing to update documents. Our NC Offer to Purchase and Contract specifies that it’s a BUYER paid charge.
So even if it’s not the “most” overlooked closing cost for home buyers, it’s pretty high on the listand just something for Charlotte NC home buyers to be aware of and keep in mind.
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