As you inch closer to the exciting milestone of purchasing your dream home, it’s vital to familiarize yourself with the concept of closing costs. While the down payment grabs most of the attention, closing costs are equally significant but often overlooked expenses. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the world of closing costs, providing you with a comprehensive understanding of these expenses and preparing you for a smooth and informed real estate purchase.

1. What are they?

Closing costs are the various fees and expenses associated with the completion of a real estate transaction. These costs are typically paid at the “closing” or settlement of the property, where ownership is transferred from the seller to the buyer. It’s essential to budget for these expenses to avoid any last-minute surprises during the homebuying process.

2. Common expensens

While specific closing costs can vary depending on location and the terms of the transaction, here are some typical expenses you might encounter:

a) Mortgage-Related Fees:

  • Appraisal Fee
  • Mortgage Insurance (if applicable)

b) Government Fees:

  • Property Transfer Taxes, in BC, transfer taxes are 1% of the first $200,000, 2% of the amount between $200,000 and $2,000,000, and 3% on the amounts above.
  • Property Tax Prorations (adjustment of property taxes based on the closing date)

c) Home Inspection and Insurance Costs:

  • Home Inspection Fee
  • Homeowners Insurance Premium

d) Lawyer or Notary Fees:

  • Legal representation and document preparation

3. Estimating Closing Costs

Closing costs typically range from 2% to 5% of the home’s purchase price. To get a more accurate estimate, consult your real estate agent or mortgage lender, who can provide a breakdown of anticipated costs based on your specific circumstances and the property you’re considering.

5. Preparing for Closing Costs

To ensure a seamless closing process, consider the following steps:

a) Budgeting: Start saving early and allocate funds specifically for closing costs. Having a clear understanding of these expenses will help you plan your finances better.

b) Shopping Around: Compare quotes from different service providers, such as lenders, title companies, and insurance providers, to find the most competitive rates for various services.

c) Conducting Due Diligence: Understand the closing process and ask your real estate agent or lender any questions you may have. Being well-informed will empower you to make confident decisions.

You lender will also want proof that you have the funds availaible and saved up to cover the up coming expenses associated with the mortgage transaction. There is nothing worse then getting the lawyer’s office and realizing you don’t have enough cash to close.


Closing costs are an essential component of any real estate purchase and must be accounted for when budgeting for your dream home. By being aware of the various expenses involved and understanding how to navigate negotiations, you can ensure a smooth and successful closing process. Remember, proactive planning and seeking advice from real estate professionals will equip you with the knowledge and confidence needed to embark on your homeownership journey with financial preparedness and peace of mind. Contact us if you have any questions or want to talk specifics on your own situation.

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