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Home Financing Guide

Understand the financial aspects of buying a home with Gable & Grace’s home financing guide. Learn about mortgage rates, affordability calculators, and budgeting tips to make informed decisions. Trust Gable & Grace to help you navigate the financial aspects of homeownership. Here is important information about real estate financing that you should know.

Credit Report

Typically, it costs under $50 to check your credit. With your permission, the lender will order a review of your outstanding loans and repayment history from a third-party credit agency.

Home Financing Application / Processing Fee

This cost, typically a few hundred dollars, covers the lender’s work to evaluate your ability to repay the loan. Some lenders credit this back to you upon closing.

What is APR?

The APR, or annual percentage rate, is the total of all your borrowing costs expressed as a percentage interest rate charged on the loan balance.

For example, after fees, the original interest rate quote of 5.875% might work out to a 6% APR loan, where the interest costs about $6,000 per year for every $100,000 borrowed and the principal payments are calculated based on the length of the loan term (for example, 15, 20, or 30 years).


The interest rates on variable loans readjust periodically based on changes in an index. Typical indexes include the Federal Funds Rate and Treasury Bill.


When mortgage companies compete by offering lower interest rates, they may charge you a one-time pre-paid interest payment calculated as a percentage of the loan. Called points, this may range from 0.25% to 2% of the loan balance and is usually paid upfront. Points are tax-deductible; consult with your tax advisor.

Appraisal Cost

Lenders hire experienced, often independent appraisers to evaluate the property’s purchase price, condition, and size compared to similar recent neighborhood sales. This helps ensure the purchase price is not too high and gives the lender more confidence in getting repaid if they are forced to sell the property if the borrower defaults. The appraisal costs vary depending on the property, type of appraisal, and region.

Miscellaneous Home Financing Fees

When processing your home loan, you can expect various charges, including notary, courier, and county recording fees.

Prepayment Penalties

These vary widely, so be sure you know in advance if your lender will charge a penalty if you refinance or sell and the certain period during which the penalties apply.

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