Mortgage Closing Costs Drop Seven Percent to $1,847

Origination Fees Fell Considerably While Third-Party Costs Rose

Aug 03, 2015, 09:05 ET from Bankrate, Inc.

NEW YORK, Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Mortgage closing costs declined seven percent over the past year and now average $1,847 on a $200,000 loan, according to Bankrate.com (NYSE: RATE).

Hawaii's average closing costs of $2,163 are the highest in the nation, followed by New Jersey ($2,094), Connecticut ($2,033), West Virginia ($1,971) and Arizona ($1,969).

The cheapest closing costs are in Ohio ($1,613), Idaho ($1,682), Wyoming ($1,689), Utah ($1,697) and Maine ($1,727).

Nationwide, the average origination fee declined 22 percent to $1,041 and the average third-party fee rose 22 percent to $807.

"Homebuyers have more say over closing costs than they think," said Holden Lewis, Bankrate.com's senior mortgage analyst. "Costs vary between lenders, so everyone should compare at least three different options. You don't have to go with the lender your agent suggests."

Click here to view the average closing costs in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.:

http://www.bankrate.com/finance/mortgages/closing-costs/closing-costs-by-state.aspx

Bankrate surveyed up to 10 lenders in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. in June 2015. Researchers obtained online good faith estimates for a $200,000 mortgage to buy a single-family home with a 20 percent down payment. Costs include fees charged by lenders, as well as third-party fees for services such as appraisals. The survey excludes discount points, taxes, title fees, property insurance, association fees, interest and other prepaid items.

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For more information: 
Ted Rossman 
Public Relations Director 
ted.rossman@bankrate.com 
(917) 368-8635

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SOURCE Bankrate, Inc.



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