The average home buyer in Rhode Island spends between $33,203 and $119,773 when purchasing a $437,424 home — the state median value.
Keep in mind, this is just the cost of buying a home. After you close, you'll still need to budget for all the ongoing costs of homeownership.
Luckily, Clever Real Estate can help make buying a home more affordable. Working with a Clever agent means you'll not only get great service from start to finish, but you could also be eligible for up to 0.5% cash back after closing. That's about $2,187 back on an average-priced home in Rhode Island!
Average cost to buy a house in Rhode Island
Buyer closing costs in Rhode Island
While the other costs to buy a house in Rhode Island are pretty transparent, Rhode Island closing costs are a bit more nuanced. They're actually a series of smaller costs lumped together into one total. Here's a breakdown of all of the Rhode Island closing costs you'll likely pay when buying a home.
Title service fees
$3,499 per point
Lender's title insurance
Owner's title insurance
Typically paid by seller
Prorated property tax
Typically paid by seller
Keep in mind, closing costs are often negotiable. However, to win the negotiation battle, you'll need a great agent who can work out a deal with the seller. Clever can match you with a top agent in your area that can get the seller to shoulder more of the above costs.
Cost to buy a house in Rhode Island calculator
Ongoing costs of homeownership in Rhode Island
Unfortunately, the cost to buy a house is just the beginning. After closing, you'll officially own the home and begin paying for the ongoing costs of homeownership.
Average monthly cost
Mortgage (principle and interest)
Varies but averages $573 statewide
Note: All numbers are estimates based on state averages and a median home value of $437,424 and a down payment of 20%.
Besides the expenses outlined above, you'll also want to consider private mortgage insurance (PMI) and homeowner's association (HOA) fees.
- If you pay less than 20% as a down payment on your house, you'll probably have to pay PMI monthly until you get to 20% equity. For the average Rhode Island homeowner, this is between $190 to $644 a month.
- Some neighborhoods have HOA fees for the care and maintenance of common areas. The national average is around $250 per month.
» MORE: The true cost of homeownership
Top ways to save money when buying a house in Rhode Island
1. Look into better financing options
Paying off debts and getting your credit in the best shape possible before applying for a loan will help you get a better interest rate, which will lower your monthly payments for the life of the loan.
You can also shop around to compare lenders so you get the lowest fees and interest rates available. It may be a good idea to enlist the help of a mortgage broker if you're not sure how to go about vetting lenders.
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2. Participate in home buyer programs Rhode Island
Eligible buyers in Rhode Island have access to a number of programs that can make purchasing a home a bit more affordable. Rhode Island Housing offers competitive loans for first-time buyers, down payment assistance programs for buying a fixer-upper and for first-generation buyers, as well as mortgage tax credits.
There is also the non-profit Habitat for Humanity, which helps low-income buyers afford a home in exchange for “sweat equity,” or acts of volunteerism. There are also city-specific programs to check out — the HUD lists a few.
3. Partner with an expert agent
Some real estate companies, like Clever, offer home buyers a percentage of their home's price back after the sale finalizes.
That means if you work with a Clever agent, you'll not only get the expertise that helps you get the best deal possible — you could also get up to 0.5% of your home price back after closing!