Nationwide, the average cost of closing on a $200,000 loan with a 20% down payment hit $2,539 in June, a 6% increase from a year earlier, according to Bankrate.com.
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Homebuyers in Texas are paying far more than that, however, with average closing costs of $3,046 for a $200,000 loan. That's up 23% compared with a year earlier.
In Wisconsin, buyers saw an even bigger hike: They're now paying an average of $2,706, a 28% increase, according to Bankrate's data.
Since the mortgage meltdown, federal regulators have implemented new guidelines to make mortgage borrowing safer. Lenders are now required to check a borrower's credit history, make sure they don't carry excessive debt and that they earn enough income to make their payments.
As a result, lenders now spend more time and manpower on each loan -- and they pass that extra cost on to borrowers.
John Walsh, owner of Total Mortgage, said his company has had to add several services to make sure their loans comply with the new rules. Among them: a fraud check, an automated valuation model and a late credit pull, which is made right before closing.
Bankrate broke down closing costs into two categories. The first, lender origination fees, increased 9% year-over-year to an average of $1,877, Bankrate found. Meanwhile, third-party fees for appraisals, credit reports and other services, remained relatively flat an average of $662.
Bankrate did not include other closing costs in its analysis -- such as title search and insurance, taxes, property insurance, association fees, interest and other prepaid items, all of which remain relatively unaffected by the new regulations.