Home Buyers August 27, 2022

Hidden Fees to Be Aware of When Purchasing a Home

Purchasing a home is arguably one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime. As you start your hunt, do not forget there will be costs associated with your purchase in addition to the  price of your luxury NJ home. Here are five “hidden fees” to keep in mind as you begin to budget.

Hidden Fees to Be Aware of When Purchasing a Home

Home Inspection

This is a crucial step in the home buying process. The findings that come from the inspection can help you negotiate the price and repairs. According to HomeYou, Westfield area home buyers can expect to pay between $344 and $419 for a standard home inspection.

Title Services

Title services encompass the transfer of the title from the seller and a thorough search of the property’s records to ensure to no one will pop up with a claim to the property. Additionally, you may need to buy title insurance which will protect the lender or your investment in the home.

Appraisal Fee

Before getting a loan, you will likely be required to get an appraisal to determine your home’s estimated value. This will be conducted by a third-party company. According to Manta.com, can expect to pay between $280 to $476. Typically, Westfield area home buyers pay an average of $363.

HOA Fees

Another one of the “hidden fees” linked with a home purchase is HOA fees. Many communities have a homeowners’ association that enforces monthly fees. This money is used for general maintenance and updates to areas like pools, parks, and more. These fees vary from neighborhood to neighborhood.


The taxes each buyer pays at the closing table differ. But it is not uncommon for it to be up to two months’ worth of county and city property taxes. Additionally, there may be taxes for the transfer of the home title.

Scott Gleason, CRS at Coldwell Banker Realty – East, NJ Luxury Homes