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What Are the Closing Costs of Buying a Home in Shawnee KS?

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The average closing cost in Kansas.

Whether you are a first time buyer, or you’ve been an owner many times, if you are new to the real estate market in Shawnee KS, you may be wondering what are the closing costs of the home you’ve been considering to buy.  Closing costs vary depending upon the states, counties, districts, towns and even subdivisions.

The average range in Kansas for closing costs are $1,800 for every $200,000 home. This state’s closing costs are on the low end of the national average, even lower than its neighboring state, which is an advantage for you – the buyer.

What goes into the closing costs?

Here are some things included in the closing costs of a home for sale in Shawnee.

Application fee. This is what lenders refer to as the “lender’s processing fee”. The average cost is under $300, but there are also some that charge up to $500.

Appraisal fee. Lenders hire an independent appraiser to assess the correct market value of the home, to verify it is worth the price you’ve offered for it.

Commitment fee. This is what lenders charge you to compensate for the lender’s commitment to lend money.

Credit report. This is for your credit report which reflects your credit history. The lender uses the information from the credit report to decide whether your loan will be approved or not, and how much you can borrow.

Document preparation fee. This is the fee charged for the preparation of the legal papers, like the mortgage, the deed of trust, the note or the deed.

Flood certification. This is  paid to a third party who determines if the property you are purchasing is in a flood free zone. If it happens to be in a flood zone, you’ll have to buy flood insurance, which is an additional fee.

Home inspection fee. This is another requirement by the lender, to make sure that the structure of your property is safe. If your lender requires a termite inspection, you’ll have to get a separate inspection or ask the professional inspector to do it for an additional cost.

Lender’s title insurance. This is what you’ll pay for the lender’s policy, to protect the property which is a lender’s investment.

Origination fee. This fee is what lenders charge as payment of their time and effort in funding your real estate purchase. You’ll see this in percentage form and is usually at least one percent of the total loan amount.

Property tax. This fee is prorated between you and the seller. You will pay the tax from the day you bought the home to the end of the year.

Real Estate Commission. This is what you’ll be paying your real estate broker as fee for his or her effort in the real estate transaction. This is in percentage form and is dependent on the selling price of the home.

Survey fee. This accounts for a large chunk of the closing cost. You have to pay a licensed professional who’ll determine the land boundaries of your property. In some cases, this is a requirement by the lender. There are also cases when the buyer will want it for assurance and peace of mind.

Transfer tax. This is the fee made to the locality where the property is being transferred from the seller to you.

Title search. This is in payment for the public records of the property you are buying.

Underwriting fee. This is paid to the lender for the cost of the research on whether to approve your loan or not.

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One of the benefits of buying a home for sale in Shawnee KS is that the closing costs in this area area much more affordable. To better prepare you for it, request the Loan Estimate from your mortgage officer.  A few days before the closing, you will receive an ALTA, the closing cost statement from your lender, which you and your REALTOR® will then review together to make sure you know where your money will go.

You can also negotiate closing costs with the seller. Instead of getting a price reduction, which will amount to a few dollars more in a monthly payment, ask for the seller to pay some of the closing costs for the home.

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Planning to buy a home in Shawnee? Call me, Lea Deo, at 913-233-9547. Allow my extensive experience as a REALTOR® help you find the home of your dreams.

 

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What’s My Shawnee Kansas Home Value?

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Finding the estimated value of your house

Any valuation of your house is an estimate. Remember that even a professional appraisal is an opinion. I’m happy to share that there are several ways nowadays to find an estimated value of your home that are in line with your expectations.

If you’re thinking about prepping your home in Shawnee Kansas for sale or have already decided to sell, it’s important to have a good sense of what your home value is in today’s market.

There’s no magic bullet. Your home will only be worth what your potential buyers are willing to pay. Sometimes you will have to wait for offers to know how to price it right.

But with all that said, getting a ballpark figure will really help you have a pretty solid idea on how to price your home. If you price it too high, you may not be able to sell it. If you start too low, you’ll shortchange yourself.

 

Here are some recommended steps that you can do to increase the value of your property

  • Take note which properties in your neighborhood have sold recently (at least for the past 12 months) and if they are similar to yours. Write down their addresses, and review recent sales through public records at the local county recorder’s office or website.

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  • Bear in mind that some municipalities are several months behind in updating their public databases, so the selling price you see online might be the property’s previous selling price. The date of sale will be listed, so you will know if it is current or not.

 

  • From this information, do a quick comparison of your property to come up with an estimate of your home’s value. Add or subtract value to your home as appropriate. For instance, if your house is the same size as a recently sold property, but the your lot size is much smaller, your property will be less valuable.

 

  • Once you have done the steps above, start working on the physical aspect of your property. Wind up your curb appeal. Improving the curb appeal of your home in Shawnee Kansas is one of the most cost-effective home improvement projects. Paint or power wash your home’s exterior, painting or installing a new garage door, front door or exterior trim work, exterior or landscape lighting, or a simple front yard landscaping spruce-up.

 

  • Replacing your old, dual paned windows for newer windows will make your home look better and it will definitely make your home operate more efficiently and more comfortably. They are also helpful if you have noise challenges around your home, the extra insulation traps noise before it can get to you.

 

  • Learn to be systematic with your things. Consider having custom organizing systems built into your closet, office, pantry, or garage, tailored to your family’s stuff and needs. One of the advantages to owning your home is that you can customize it rather than being forced to fit your things into someone else’s system.

 

Ask the help of a trusted REALTORⓇ

Don’t just settle for good enough. Look for someone who proactively cares and listens to what you need as a seller or a buyer in Shawnee Kansas. You’re in the right place, all you need is the right home.  

This is what you can expect from me when I start working for you.

Call me, Lea Deo, at 913-233-9547. Let’s plan a more exciting future for you!

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Selling your home in Shawnee KS does not need to be difficult.

I’m the REALTORⓇ that you need. Let me welcome you to your new home in Shawnee KS.

I have mastered selling real estate in Shawnee KS and I want to share this knowledge with you. I can make selling a happy moment instead of a stressful event in your life.

I know how challenging it is for sellers to put their properties on the market and compete with other homes for sale. Each home offers something different that attracts different buyers.

This is where we can leverage our resources and make your homes stand out against other competing properties in Shawnee KS. Why? So you can sell your home faster.

What will be your benefit in me as your REALTORⓇ?

Buyers do their homework before they start scouting for their prospective houses. They already know that:

  • Let’s face it, buyers would want to get the perfect home at the lowest price possible, while you would like to sell your home for the possible highest price. Let me handle this part by confidently showing you comparable market prices and what I  can do to attract buyers to look at your home.
  • We will make sure that you get beautiful images of  your home. Buyers love viewing pictures online first. It is essential to show as many pictures as possible. Homes that have bad pictures are less likely to be sold or shown.

Let’s make it a win-win situation for selling your Shawnee KS Home

Do you inspect and stage your home?

Yes. Staging makes your home appealing to buyers. The more potential buyers, the better.

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Before staging, I’ll also suggest you have your home be fully inspected from exterior all the way to the the tiniest details being in tip top condition. I want to eliminate any chances of counteroffers and letting our potential buyers see that your house is worth every penny they’ll be paying.

Set up an appointment with me today, Lea Deo, by calling 913-233-9547!

I have extensive knowledge and years of experience to help you create a successful seller-buyer relationship that ends up with the result you want: an unforgettable sale!

With me, a Shawnee KS top real estate agent working with you, you are sure to get quality guidance, to efficiently present it in the marketplace. Visit my website at shawneerealestateconnection.com.
Call me, Lea Deo, today at 913-233-9547. With my extensive knowledge and experience in selling and buying home in Shawnee KS and the Johnson County, you are sure to get only the very best real estate service.

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