Is there a customary amount that sellers pay towards closing costs?

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  • #206593


    I’m planning on buying a home in Chicago for about $400K. My friend told me expect to pay about 25K in closing costs unless your seller helps you out. Traditionally do sellers ever pay all of the closing costs? If not all, what kind of percentage do sellers typically give towards closing costs?

  • #273544


    Sellers do not typically pay any of the closing costs unless agreed to in the contract of sale. 25K is a bit high for a 400K loan. I would expect it to be more in the 10K-12K range.

  • #279604


    Depends on where you live, which lender you use, liens against the property, and how the contract is written. There is no “customary” amount.

    Remember, the seller pays the agent’s commission, your biggest expense will be the mortgage insurance. I’d say that 25K is on the high side. If you have 40K (including downpayment and earnest money) to put into the deal everything else can be worked out.

  • #284463


    It is all negotiable. For example if you have a house listed for 350,000 and you submit an offer of (1) 340,000 with 10,000 closing costs paid by the seller or a offer of (2) 330,000 with no closing costs there is no difference to the seller. However option 1 is actually better for the buyer because its 10,000 cash that the buyer can finance

  • #434369


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  • #434370


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  • #434371


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  • #434373


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  • #434374


    Many lenders offer first time home buyer programs, which may have a more competitive interest rate.

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  • #290384


    Each deal is different. I hope you are working with a buyer’s agent who can negotiate for you.
    In today’s market, sellers are more willing to assist with closing costs. You should write in your offer that you want the seller to pay closing costs.
    You can ask for all or a percentage and it all depends on how motivated the seller is to sell that property.
    They will probably counter unless they are VERY desperate!
    Ask your Realtor for advice!

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