These are the most expensive states for taking out a mortgage

These are the most expensive states for taking out a mortgage Buying a house can be exciting and terrifying. The negotiations, the inspections, the costs — they can all be overwhelming. And getting a mortgage means you’ll be paying a number of fees when you finally reach the closing table. These fees vary from state


These are the most expensive states for taking out a mortgage

Buying a house can be exciting and terrifying. The negotiations, the inspections, the costs — they can all be overwhelming. And getting a mortgage means you’ll be paying a number of fees when you finally reach the closing table.

These fees vary from state to state. Some can be more than a quarter of an average person’s annual income, and others just a fraction of it, a MoneyWise analysis finds.

Wherever you may be buying — or refinancing — here are estimates of what it will cost you in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to get a mortgage — starting from the cheapest places to the most expensive.

Our methodology: To determine the most and least affordable states for taking out a mortgage, MoneyWise took the average closing costs for the states and D.C. from ClosingCorp and divided those into the latest median household income numbers from the U.S. Census. The higher the resulting number, the less affordable the state.

51. Missouri

City of St. Louis skyline at twilight.

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Taking out a mortgage — or refinancing one — is more affordable in Missouri than any other state.

Closing costs in the Show-Me State average $1,571. That’s 2.74% of the state’s median household income of $57,409.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $1,290.

50. Indiana

Morton statue in front of Indiana Statehouse, USA

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Closing costs in the Hoosier State average $2,101. That’s 3.65% of the state’s median household income of $57,603.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $1,396.

49. Iowa

view of beautiful rural farm land at Northeast Iowa

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Closing costs in the Hawkeye State average $2,272. That’s 3.68% of the state’s median household income of $61,691.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $1,803.

48. North Dakota

North Dakota Sunflowers

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Closing costs in the Peace Garden State average $2,381. That’s 3.69% of the state’s median household income of $64,577.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $1,894.

47. South Dakota

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota, USA

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Closing costs in the Mount Rushmore State average $2,276. That’s 3.82% of the state’s median household income of $59,533.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $1,828.

46. Wyoming

Devil's Tower National Monument in Wyoming Under the Early Morning Cloudy Sky with the forest in the foreground

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Closing costs in the Equality State average $2,572. That’s 3.69% of the state’s median household income of $65,003.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $1,982.

45. Kansas

Sunflowers blooming under a beautiful summer sky. The sunflower is the state flower of Kansas.

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Closing costs in the Sunflower State average $2,548. That’s 4.1% of the state’s median household income of $62,087.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $2,042.

44. Kentucky

Beautiful chestnut horses on a farm in Central Kentucky at sunset

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Closing costs in the Bluegrass State average $2,229. That’s 4.26% of the state’s median household income of $52,295.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $1,887.

43. Nebraska

Nebraska corn fields with wind turbines

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Closing costs in the Cornhusker State average $2,715. That’s 4.29% of the state’s median household income of $63,229.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $2,007.

42. Alaska

Majestic caribou bull in front of the mount Denali, ( mount Mckinley), Alaskal

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Closing costs in the Last Frontier average $2,442. That’s 4.56% of the state’s median household income of $75,463.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $2,582.

41. Alabama

Welcome to Sweet Home Alabama Road Sign along Interstate 10 in Robertsdale, Alabama USA, near the State Border with Florida

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Closing costs in the Yellowhammer State average $2,371. That’s 4.58% of the state’s median household income of $51,735.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $1,885.

40. Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park

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Closing costs in the Centennial State average $3,659. That’s 4.74% of the state’s median household income of $63,229.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $2,906.

39. North Carolina

Duke University

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Closing costs in the Tar Heel State average $2,803. That’s 4.89% of the state’s median household income of $57,341.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $2,776.

38. Wisconsin

Milwaukee Art Museum

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Closing costs in the Badger State average $3,221. That’s 5.02% of the state’s median household income of $64,168.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $1,883.

37. Minnesota

Minneapolis

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Closing costs in the North Star State average $3,843. That’s 5.15% of the state’s median household income of $74,593.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $2,331.

36. Arkansas

Arkansas Ozarks

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Closing costs in the Natural State average $2,578. That’s 5.27% of the state’s median household income of $48,952.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $1,785.

35. Montana

Montana

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Closing costs in the Treasure State average $3,021. That’s 5.29% of the state’s median household income of $57,153.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $2,496.

34. Oklahoma

Oklahoma

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Closing costs in the Sooner State average $2,943. That’s 5.41% of the state’s median household income of $54,449.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $2,511.

33. New Mexico

New Mexico

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Closing costs in the Land of Enchantment average $2,825. That’s 5.44% of the state’s median household income of $51,945.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $2,676.

32. Mississippi

Mississippi

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Closing costs in the Magnolia State average $2,578. That’s 5.63% of the state’s median household income of $45,792.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $2,016.

31. Ohio

River through the City - a look at Dayton, Ohio from above the confluence of the Great Maimi and Mad Rivers

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Closing costs in the Buckeye State average $3,319. That’s 5.66% of the state’s median household income of $58,642.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $2,160.

30. Idaho

Idaho

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Closing costs in the Gem State average $3,544. That’s 5.81% of the state’s median household income of $60,999.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $2,789.

29. South Carolina

Charleston, S.C.

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Closing costs in the Palmetto State average $3,269. That’s 5.81% of the state’s median household income of $56,227.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $2,944.

28. Georgia

Georgia

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Closing costs in the Peach State average $3,610. That’s 5.83% of the state’s median household income of $61,980.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $2,727.

27. Oregon

Oregon

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Closing costs in the Beaver State average $3,911. That’s 5.83% of the state’s median household income of $67,058.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $3,149.

26. Texas

Texas

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Closing costs in the Lone Star State average $3,754. That’s 5.86% of the state’s median household income of $64,034.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $3,494.

25. Utah

Utah

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Closing costs in the Beehive State average $4,612. That’s 6.09% of the state’s median household income of $74,780.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $2,157.

24. Maine

Maine

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Closing costs in the Pine Tree State average $3,761. That’s 6.38% of the state’s median household income of $58,924.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $1,961.

23. Rhode Island

Rhode Island

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Closing costs in the Ocean State average $4,619. That’s 6.49% of the state’s median household income of $71,169.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $1,968.

22. Arizona

arizona resort with cactus

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Closing costs in the Grand Canyon State average $4,190. That’s 6.75% of the state’s median household income of $62,055.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $1,662.

21. Tennessee

Tennessee

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Closing costs in the Volunteer State average $3,790. That’s 6.76% of the state’s median household income of $56,071.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $2,080.

20. West Virginia

West Virginia

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Closing costs in the Mountain State average $3,352. That’s 6.86% of the state’s median household income of $48,850.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $3,039.

19. Michigan

Michigan

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Closing costs in the Great Lake State average $4,211. That’s 7.07% of the state’s median household income of $59,584.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $2,844.

18. Louisiana

Louisiana

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Closing costs in the Pelican State average $3,827. That’s 7.49% of the state’s median household income of $51,073.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $2,681.

17. Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

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Closing costs in the Old Dominion average $6,186. That’s 8.09% of the state’s median household income of $76,456.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $2,735.

16. Massachusetts

Boston, Mass.

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Closing costs in the Bay State average $7,035. That’s 8.2% of the state’s median household income of $85,843.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $2,689.

15. California

California

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Closing costs in the Golden State average $6,879. That’s 8.55% of the state’s median household income of $80,440.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $3,474.

14. Hawaii

Maui Hawaii

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Closing costs in the Aloha State average $7,127. That’s 8.58% of the state’s median household income of $83,102.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $4,154.

13. Nevada

Hoover Dam in Nevada

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Closing costs in the Silver State average $5,586. That’s 8.83% of the state’s median household income of $63,276.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $2,915.

12. New Jersey

New Jersey

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Closing costs in the Garden State average $7,828. That’s 9.13% of the state’s median household income of $85,751.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $4,645.

11. Connecticut

Connecticut

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Closing costs in the Constitution State average $7,303. That’s 9.26% of the state’s median household income of $78,833.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $2,717.

10. Illinois

The Bean in Chicago

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Closing costs in the Prairie State average $6,530. That’s 9.44% of the state’s median household income of $69,187.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $1,955.

9. Vermont

Vermont

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Closing costs in the Green Mountain State average $5,947. That’s 9.44% of the state’s median household income of $63,001.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $2,387.

8. New Hampshire

New Hampshire

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Closing costs in the Granite State average $8,039. That’s 10.32% of the state’s median household income of $77,933.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $2,183.

7. Maryland

Baltimore

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Closing costs in the Old Line State average $11,710. That’s 13.5% of the state’s median household income of $86,738.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $3,476.

6. Florida

Miami Beach

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Closing costs in the Sunshine State average $8,213. That’s 13.87% of the state’s median household income of $59,227.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $4,606.

5. Washington

Seattle, Washington

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Closing costs in the Evergreen State average $11,513. That’s 14.63% of the state’s median household income of $78,687.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $4,687.

4. Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Closing costs in the Keystone State average $9,437. That’s 14.87% of the state’s median household income of $63,463.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $6,376.

3. New York

New York City

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Closing costs in the Empire State average $13,262. That’s 18.39% of the state’s median household income of $72,108.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $8,256.

2. Delaware

Delaware

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Closing costs in the First State average $17,727. That’s 25.26% of the state’s median household income of $70,176.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $2,676.

1. District of Columbia

Washington D.C.

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Taking out a mortgage — or refinancing one — is least affordable in D.C. than any other state.

Closing costs in the Capitol average $29,330. That’s 31.79% of the state’s median household income of $92,266.

If you’re refinancing a mortgage, closing costs will average $13,722.



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