Purchasing your first Beacon Hill condo is exciting. You finally get a space you can call your own and craft into your dream home. 

And there’s no better place to purchase a home than in the downtown Boston real estate market. You can buy a condo in the Boston Seaport District, or if you prefer a more traditional look you can purchase a Beacon Hill condo for sale. But, downtown Boston is also an expensive city to move into. When shopping for a home you’ll want to make sure that you keep all costs in mind as you evaluate options. Regardless if you are looking to buy downtown Boston real estate or other markets around the country, you will also want to be prepared for the hidden costs that you may not have expected.

There are numerous expenses, beyond the down payment, for which you may not have planned or anticipated. To help you out, here are a few costs you should be aware of before you get ready to drop a down payment.

1. INSPECTIONS AND APPRAISALS

Before you buy a car, what is one of the first things you do? You take it for a drive, right? You kick the tires, take a look under the hood, and pepper the salesperson with a barrage of questions. What you’re doing is inspecting the car and conducting an informal appraisal. Is the car worth this much? Are there hidden maintenance issues that could drive up the costs later?

You do the same with a Beacon Hill condo for sale. Just like hiring a mechanic, a buyer is always encouraged to hire an inspector to go through the condominium and check it for any potential issues.

In conjunction with the inspection is an appraisal. While inspections look for problems, appraisals place value of the Beacon Hill condo for sale. The purpose of the appraisal is to figure out a range of prices for the fair market value of the home. The appraisal ensures that you are paying a fair price.

Both of these expenses can run a few hundred dollars. But, in some cases, you can also negotiate for the seller to absorb some of the costs.

2. CLOSING COSTS

Closing costs are a catch-all term for the expenses associated with closing on a home. Yes, it sounds ironic, you need to pay more money, to spend your money. Closing costs cover things like title (to make sure seller owns the home), loan origination fees (pay the bank to transfer the mortgage), taxes, entry condo fees and more. Closing costs can amount to 2 to 5 percent of the sales price.

3. MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS

Once you get the appraisal and inspection, you will have an idea of the things you may need to address once you move in (and possibly negotiate a lower price). However, the reports can only estimate what is likely to come up; it isn’t definite. Once you move, its inevitable, something will break. As the Beacon Hill homeowner, you’re on the hook for anything that needs replacement or repair including your A/C unit, locks, painting, and more. If you are accustomed to renting, the cost of these repairs may shock you.

4. TAXES 

Wait, didn’t we cover taxes in the closing costs section? Yes, we did, taxes on the purchase of the Beacon Hill home.  For new homebuyers, that can amount to thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars annually. You need to make sure that you calculate the property taxes you will owe before buying the home.

5. CONDO FEES

Condo fees can vary widely depending on the market that you are in and the amenities that the building has to offer. When evaluating a home you will want to make sure you anticipate those additional costs before you buy.

Now that you know some of the additional costs of buying a home, its time to find a downtown Boston real estate agent. Ford Realty maintains a continual list of available homes. If you need assistance getting a home, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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