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What are the actual costs of purchasing a home?

By Aryne + Dulcinea, September 9, 2020

Whether you’re a first time home buyer or buying for the first time in a long time, we can help you get a handle on the full costs of buying a home.

Down Payment:

Most people know that they need a down payment and that the rest of their purchase will be secured with a loan from a bank. The down payment typically ranges from 3.5% up to 20% of the purchase price. For a $500,000 home that equals $17,500 up to $100,000 in cash.

What else will you need to pay for? Inspections, appraisal, closing costs and prepaid expenses, repairs and updates.


One of your first steps in the purchase process is inspections. We recommend a general home inspection and if applicable, a sewer scope, radon test and oil tank locate plus soil sampling, if necessary. The total costs for inspections vary depending on size of house, which inspections you choose to complete and the inspector’s fees. We recommend budgeting $800 to $1,200 for all inspections.


Toward the end of the inspection period your lender will order the appraisal. An appraiser will conduct a walkthrough of your new home and complete a report which determines the market value of the home based on specific calculations and assessments. Appraisals run $500 to $1,500.

Closing Costs:

At the end of your transaction you will be responsible for closing costs and prepaid expenses. Your lender will be able to tell you these costs once you are pre-approved. These fees average between 3% and 5% of your loan.  Fees include things like title insurance, taxes, loan fees, homeowner’s insurance, title insurance and escrow fees.

Now for the fun stuff:

Once your purchase is complete you get to pay for the fun stuff! Now that you own a new house, it’s time to make it your home. Final costs include repairs not included in the transaction, updates of your choosing and new furniture fabric corner lounge.


About Us: Over the course of their professional partnership, Aryne + Dulcinea have helped over 200 clients prosper in their new lives. During this time, they have prided themselves in their top-notch selling abilities, with homes outperforming market standards, consistently exceeding list price while most of their listings sell in under 7 days. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, Aryne & Dulcinea will work in collaboration to guide you in investing in your future and reaching your real estate goals.

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Aryne + Dulcinea are full-service, high-producing agents, who understand how to navigate the unique challenges facing the Portland real estate market. The secret to their success is in their professionalism and complementary skill sets. In 2012, Aryne + Dulcinea saw an opportunity to combine their creative and technical wisdom to create a values-driven, full-service agency unlike any other. Expert negotiators and project management mavens with a strong background in creative marketing, Aryne + Dulcinea serve as fierce advocates for their clients. 

Their passion for real estate relates closely to their commitment to the Portland way of life, which entails a dedication to sustainability and appreciation for all things local. As Earth Advantage Brokers and ADU Certified Specialists, Aryne + Dulcinea are savvy in all aspects of alternative living practices—from versatile housing additions, green building practices, and revenue-generating strategies. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, Aryne & Dulcinea will work in collaboration to guide you in investing in your future and reaching you real estate goals.

Aryne greets working with clients throughout Portland with open arms. Licensed since 2005, she appreciates the ever shifting desires her clients have as they move through their real estate goals. Investigative genius on her side, Aryne will strive to bring you the results you desire.  When not working for you, Aryne is a constant cheerleader for her son and daughter’s pursuits on the basketball court and on the ballet stage! She practices yoga, hikes, loves to walk and explore Portland neighborhoods, reads, and delights in soaking up everything Portland has to offer! 

Dulcinea thrives on working with clients with a range of real estate goals.  A native Oregonian with a design and an award-winning professional background, Dulcinea is steadfast when it comes to working for her clients and has a keen eye for properties that best serve client objectives. Licensed since 2013, Dulcinea works in and around Portland.  A mother of two and wife to her high school sweetie—in her free time she stays busy with her family, travel, community activism, exploring the outdoors, curating art shows, and dreaming big!

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